Arcola Theatre announces 2017 Spring/Summer Season

The Arcola Theatre has today revealed full plans for its 2017 Spring/Summer season, which opens on 15 March with Yellow Earth’s radical retelling of Christopher Marlowe’s classic Tamburlaine, adapted and directed by Ng Choon Ping.

Elsewhere in the season, RSC Associate Artist Greg Hicks will take on iconic the title role in William Shakespeare’s Richard III, directed by Artistic Director Mehmet Ergen, and Neil Bartlett will direct his new adaptation of the Albert Camus’ modern classic, The Plague.

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.”

The 2017 Spring/Summer Season

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Based on La Peste by Albert Camus | Adapted and directed by Neil Bartlett 

5 April – 6 May 2017

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

Dr Rieux is noticing things. A rat on the stairs, where it has no right to be. A sore throat becoming a fever. The first signs of panic. It all amounts to a troubling diagnosis… so what’s the cure?

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

Written in the aftermath of the Nazis’ march across Europe, it struck a powerful chord with millions struggling to understand the fascist ‘plague’ that had just overwhelmed them.

Now, seventy years later, multi-award-winning director Neil Bartlett (Or You Could Kiss Me, National Theatre; Stella, LIFT) retells Camus’ classic for our own dangerous times. His frank and gripping new stage adaptation puts chaos under the microscope, and plants the germ of hope in the power of our common humanity.

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By William Shakespeare | Directed by Mehmet Ergen | Cast includes Greg Hicks

11 May – 10 June 2017

“I’ll have this crown of mine cut from my shoulders Before I’ll see the crown so foul misplaced.”

King 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.

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

14 June – 15 July 2017 

“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.

Spectacular, arresting and totally unique, These Trees are Made of Blood blends cabaret and original live music to tell a vital, human story from Argentina’s Dirty War.

Step into Buenos Aires for this immersive theatrical experience, which pulls back the curtain on a secretive state, and shines the spotlight on a powerful act of resistance. Following a sold-out premiere in 2015, the cabaret coup reignites at Arcola for four weeks only.

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Yellow Earth presents 


By Christopher Marlowe | Adapted and directed by Ng Choon Ping

15 March – 8 April 2017 

“I mean to be a terror to the world”

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.

In his new adaptation for Yellow Earth theatre company, Ng Choon Ping directs a startling production with a British East Asian cast and live taiko drumming. Lourdes Faberes makes her Arcola debut as Tamburlaine.

As ‘strongman’ leaders exert their influence, and new power from the East asserts its growing dominance, Christopher Marlowe’s classic tale takes on a new urgency and relevance for our time.

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Kali Theatre presents 


By Naylah Ahmed | Directed by Helena Bell 

11 – 29 April 2017 

Why would an ordinary retired teacher take a young Muslim man hostage in her living room? 

In this timely political thriller from Naylah Ahmed (winner of the Royal National Theatre Playwrights Award), an innocent encounter soon develops into a dangerous game of hide and seek with the truth.

In a world of 24-hour news, is there any escape from fear? And how can we detect the real enemy at our gates?

Kali Theatre has been presenting groundbreaking new theatre by South Asian women for over 20 years. New Artistic Director Helena Bell directs this sharp, thought-provoking world premiere, arriving in London as part of a UK tour.

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Arcola Theatre, Changing Face and York Theatre Royal present


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

2 – 27 May 2017

“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 for the same multinational corporation.

When work has no borders, what’s the cost?

Alexandra Badea’s captivating drama is a powerful and disturbing portrait of globalisation and its far-reaching effects on our lives.

Following an explosive premiere at the National Theatre of Strasbourg, where it won the prestigious Grand Prix de la Littérature, The Pulverised arrives in the UK with a new English translation.

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