The Daughter-in-Law returns to Arcola Theatre

Sunday 6 January 2019

Drama - Off-West End - Shows

The most popular show ever to be staged in the Arcola's studio, D H Lawrence's 1913 play THE DAUGHTER-IN-LAW, transfers to the Arcola's main theatre this coming week - new trailer available ...
The Daughter-in-Law at the Arcola Theatre

Image: Arcola Theatre

Arcola Theatre and Dippermouth's production of D. H. Lawrence's The Daughter-in-law transfers to the Arcola's main house this week, playing from 10 January to 2 February 2019.

That's hardly a surprise to us since our reviewer gave the original production the top, 5 star rating - the only reviewer to do so (as you'll see from the illustration above).

But it's certainly a welcome return that will give many other theatre-goers the chance to see a fine drama.

You can read Peter's full review of the previous run here.

The Guardian's Michael Billington said of the show ...

"Arguably the best account of working-class life in British drama.

Jack Gamble's revival, strongly cast and steeped in authentic east Midlands dialect, does it full justice …

A first-rate revival of a major play."

(You can read his full review here).

The original production garnered three Off West End award nominations (Best Female Performance, Best Direction, Best Costume Design).

Never performed in his lifetime, D H Lawrence's 1913 play entwines the struggles of a young married couple with those of a community on strike.

It is set around the mines of Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, where Lawrence was born and raised.

This main-house transfer will see the Arcola's largest space reconfigured for the production's unique in-the-round staging.

The Daughter-in-Law at the Arcola Theatre

Ellie Nunn (Minnie Gascoyne) and Matthew Biddulph (Joe Gascoyne) - photo by Idil Sukan

Matthew Biddulph (Joe Gascoyne), Ellie Nunn (Minnie Gascoyne) and Veronica Roberts (Mrs Gascoyne) are returning from the original cast, with Tessa Bell-Briggs as Mrs Purdy and Matthew Barker as Luther Gascoyne.

The Daughter-in-law is directed by the Arcola's associate director Jack Gamble, with design by Louie Whitemore, lighting design by Geoff Hense and sound design by Dinah Mullen.

Here's the new trailer ...


In Nottinghamshire, 1912, trouble is brewing in the mines - and simmering closer to home.

When Mrs Gascoyne discovers an explosive secret about her newly-married son, it risks the hard-earned security of her daughter-in-law.

But Minnie Gascoyne isn't going to settle without a fight.


Tessa Bell-Briggs (Mrs Purdy)

Matthew Biddulph (Joe Gascoyne)

Ellie Nunn (Minnie Gascoyne)

Veronica Roberts (Mrs Gascoyne)

Matthew Barker (Luther Gascoyne)


Author: D H Lawrence
Director: Jack Gamble
Designer: Louie Whitemore
Lighting: Geoff Hense
Sound: Dinah Mullen
Production: Arcola Theatre and Dippermouth


Arcola Theatre - Studio 1
24 Ashwin Street
E8 3DL


From: Thursday 10 January 2019

Closed: Saturday 2 February 2019


Previews: £10 - £22

Standard: £10 - £26


Students / 26 and under - 20% off Standard seats, or join Young Arcola for free to book Value seats at £10.

65 and over - 20% off Standard seats on Mon-Wed evenings and all matinee performances.

People in receipt of disability benefits - free companion with full-price Standard seat or 20% off Standard seat.

People in receipt of unemployment benefits - Value seats at £10 or 20% off Standard seats.

Theatre union members - 10% off Standard seats.

School and college groups (10+) - Best available seats at £12 for Mon-Wed evenings and Wed matinees, one free teacher per 10 students.

Groups (10+) - eleventh ticket free.


Show website
ActDrop full listing for The Daughter-in-Law
The Daughter-in-Law - Wikipedia

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