Grimeborn Opera Festival was formed in 2007 to reimagine classics, perform little known masterpieces and encourage new work. Their aim is to make opera more accessible and take it out of the opera house and into places such as the Arcola in Dalston. This year’s festival kicked-off with Puccini’s masterpiece updated from a group of bohemians living in a garrett in 1830s Paris to a contemporary group of out of work hipsters living in an apartment somewhere not too far from the Arcola. The set … [Read more...]
Arcola Theatre Off West End London E8 3DL
Arcola presents major artists alongside cutting-edge work from some of the most exciting emerging companies.
Arcola has been a launch pad for artists including Rebecca Lenkiewicz and Alecky Blythe (who had their first plays produced here), Lyndsey Turner, Lucy Kirkwood and Joe Sims.
World-renowned playwrights including Bonnie Greer, Frank McGuinness and Sam Shepard have premiered work at Arcola.
Arcola’s programme is locally engaged and internationally minded. They 'believe that diversity makes for better art, and for a more flourishing arts scene.'
Every year through ArcolaLAB, the Arcola 'provide 26 weeks of free rehearsal space to emerging theatre-makers and artists of colour'.
Two-thirds of the productions in the Arcola's last season 'were led by women as writers, directors and producers, and one-third of our productions are led by diverse artists.'
24 Ashwin Street, Dalston,
London, E8 3DL
The Arcola Theatre is just 2 minutes’ walk from both Dalston Kingsland and Dalston Junction stations, on the London Overground.
As part of the Shubbak Festival’s window on contemporary Arab Culture, Hassan Abdulrazzak has offered four vignettes that provide a witty and - at times - emotionally fraught insight into the deeply personal and extraordinary human stories that underlie the broader public issues facing the Arabic and Muslim communities across the world. Abdulrazzak gives us the plucky Palestinian actor committing his intimate act of unintentional public defiance (Love in the Time of Barriers) and the stifled … [Read more...]
Anna’s husband dies - she withdraws relying on alcohol to get her through. Her lack of parenting for her two daughters is evident every time that either is on stage. Laura is introverted staying within herself and barely communicating whilst Lily is the opposite and looking for love from any man that will give it - worrying for anyone, but Lily is 15 years old. This “parenting” is in stark contrast to what we see before the incident where Anna is loving and the children are happy. The arrival of … [Read more...]
Some cities have a mystique about them that defies Logic. Berlin is just such a city. Its history is amazing - particularly in the 20th Century - and there is an inexplicable magic about the place that draws people back - even across the generations - time and time again. Some of this is explored by Rose Lewenstein in the world premiere of her play “Now This Is Not The End” at the Arcola Theatre. This one act play is the story of three generations of women from the same family. The youngest, … [Read more...]
It is 21 years since Out of Joint presented its first productions: The Queen and I by Sue Townsend, in rep with Jim Cartwright’s Road. To celebrate, the company will host a special event at the Arcola on Sunday 14 June, 5.30pm, which will include performances of scenes from the company’s extensive back catalogue and an invitation to support its future As the UK’s leading UK national and international touring theatre company, Out of Joint certainly has cause to celebrate. The company was … [Read more...]