Arcola Theatre announces 2017 Spring/Summer Season

●  Neil Bartlett to direct his new adaptation of Albert Camus’ modern classic, THE PLAGUE

●  RSC Associate Artist Greg Hicks to play the title role in William Shakespeare’s RICHARD III, directed by Artistic Director Mehmet Ergen

●  Amy Draper to direct THESE TREES ARE MADE OF BLOOD, blending cabaret and original music to tell a vital story from Argentina’s Dirty War

●  Lourdes Faberes to play TAMBURLAINE in Yellow Earth’s radical retelling of Christopher Marlowe’s classic, adapted and directed by Ng Choon Ping

●  Helena Bell, Artistic Director of Kali Theatre, to direct the world premiere of READY OR NOT by Naylah Ahmed, as part of a UK tour

●  Award-winning new play THE PULVERISED by Alexandra Badea to receive its UK premiere in a co-production by Arcola, Changing Face & York Theatre Royal

Artistic Director Mehmet Ergen said:
“Arcola’s new season confronts tyranny – the tyranny of people by rulers (Richard III, Tamburlaine, These Trees), states of emergency (The Plague, Ready Or Not) and work in the global economy (The Pulverised). At a time when the world order is under strain – but also when ordinary people are feeling the strain of that change – these plays offer a chance to reflect on our afflictions, and on ways we might resist the worst excesses of power. In-keeping with Arcola’s commitment to diverse theatre, the season features new productions from leading BAMER companies Yellow Earth and Kali Theatre. Half of the shows are directed by women, including two original works by female playwrights.”

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Studio 1

Studio 1 is now a fully producing house. Arcola Theatre presents three productions this season:

5 April – 6 May 2017

Arcola Theatre presents…

THE PLAGUE based on La Peste by Albert Camus Adapted and directed by Neil Bartlett

“April 29th; lunchtime. Found Mr Michel in the street outside the apartment. Walk unsteady. Eyes unnaturally bright.”

The Plague is Albert Camus’ electrifying story about living through a time of crisis and fighting back against despair.

Cast: Joseph Alessi, Burt Caesar, Billy Postlethwaite, Sara Powell, Martin Turner

11 May – 10 June 2017

Arcola Theatre presents….

RICHARD III

by William Shakespeare Directed by Mehmet Ergen Cast includes Greg Hicks

GREG HICKS stars in RICHARD IIIKing Edward is on the throne, and England is at peace. But don’t worry – it won’t be that way for long.

Gripping and outrageous, Shakespeare’s Richard III is the tale of a ruthless, power-crazed misogynist who lies and cheats his way to the highest seat in the land.

Following his celebrated performances as Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Coriolanus and King Lear for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Greg Hicks takes on the role of the tyrant king Richard in this startling new production, directed by Arcola’s Artistic Director Mehmet Ergen.

14 June – 15 July 2017

Arcola Theatre presents

THESE TREES ARE MADE OF BLOOD Book by Paul Jenkins

Music and Lyrics by Darren Clark
Directed by Amy Draper
Original story by Amy Draper, Paul Jenkins and Darren Clark

“And for our next act … The Magical Military Junta … Will make 30,000 people disappear before your very eyes.”

1970s Argentina. A violent, right-wing dictatorship. Thousands of citizens, seized by the authorities, have “disappeared”.

Inside the country’s most disreputable club, a mother is about to risk everything to find her missing daughter.

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Studio 2
15 March – 8 April 2017

Yellow Earth presents

TAMBURLAINE
by Christopher Marlowe
Adapted and directed by Ng Choon Ping

A lowly shepherd rises to power – and conquers half the known world.
Tamburlaine is a breathtaking interrogation of power, masculinity and the limits of violence.

Cast: Melody Brown, Lourdes Faberes, Fiona Hampton, Susan Hingley, Amanda Maud, Leo Wan.  Live taiko drumming by Joji Hirota.

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* Tamburlaine is supported by the Cockayne Foundation and the Foyle Foundation.

11 – 29 April 2017

Kali Theatre presents

READY OR NOT by Naylah Ahmed
Directed by Helena Bell

Why would an ordinary retired teacher take a young Muslim man hostage in her living room?
Cast: Joan Blackham, Naeem Hayat, Natasha Rickman Design: Rajha Shakiry
Lighting Design: Katharine Williams
Video Design: Daniel Denton
Sound Design: Chris Drohan

BOOKINGS

Arcola Theatre, Changing Face and York Theatre Royal present

2 – 27 May 2017
THE PULVERISED

by Alexandra Badea, translated by Lucy Phelps Directed by Andy Sava

“Stop the rat race. Stop time. Stop the money. Stop the anxiety. Stop everything that has made human beings so bitter.”

A quality assurance officer from France, a call centre manager from Senegal, a factory worker from China, and an engineer from Romania. Each leads a life apart, but all work round-the-clock

About Arcola Theatre

Arcola Theatre is one of London’s leading off-West End theatres. Locally engaged and internationally minded, Arcola stages a diverse programme of plays, operas and musicals. World- class productions from major artists appear alongside cutting-edge work from the most exciting emerging companies. Arcola delivers one of London’s most extensive community engagement programmes, creating over 5000 opportunities every year. By providing research and development space to diverse artists, Arcola champions theatre that’s more engaging and representative. Its pioneering environmental initiatives are internationally renowned, and aim to make Arcola the world’s first carbon-neutral theatre.

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John Bowles
John Bowles, having started his career on Australian variety television at the age of ten, had notched up 300 hours of live national TV by the age of sixteen. As an adult he has gone on to star in many theatrical productions such as ‘Phantom of the Opera’ and ‘Cats’. He has produced, directed and written for television but admits his favourite role is as presenter, and he relishes the opportunity to talk to interesting show business people and tell their stories.