Arcola Theatre

Arcola Theatre, London, seen from the street.

Photo: Peter Brown 2015

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Artistic director: Mehmet Ergen
Executive Producer: Leyla Nazli


Studio 1 - seats 197
Studio 2 - seats 100


Box office: 020 7503 1646


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24 Ashwin Street
London E8 3DL

Council: Hackney

Region: London

Location map for Arcola Theatre


Dalston Junction (Overground)
Dalston Kingsland (Overground)

Dalston Junction (Overground)



Dalston Junction Station

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30, 38, 56, 67, 76, 149, 242, 243, 277, 488

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Access information

Wheelchair access

There is step-free access to the foyer/box office area from the street. Wheelchairs can be accommodated in both studios as well as the Tent. Lift from foyer to toilets. There is step-free access from the street to the Tent where you'll also find an accessible toilet.

Current shows

Bahar Noktasi (A Midsummer Night's Dream)

The supernatural madness of Shakespeare's enduring classic is brought to life at the seaside with a cast of Turkish characters. A world of chaos ensues, a story brimming with love and lust, friendships tested and magical worlds explored.

Previews from: Sunday 23 February 2020

Closes: Thursday 27 February 2020

They Shall Not Pass: The Battle of Cable Street

October, 1936. Three thousand fascists, led by Oswald Mosley, march on Cable Street in the heart of the Jewish East End. Six thousand Metropolitan Police officers are on hand to defend them.

Previews from: Sunday 23 February 2020

Closes: Sunday 1 March 2020

The Cutting Edge

Anna and Chris have abandoned the lucrative world of art criticism for a self-sufficient life in the countryside. But seven years in, doubts are beginning to take root.

Previews from: Thursday 13 February 2020

Closes: Saturday 21 March 2020

Upcoming shows

Inside This Box

In the heart of the city but feeling lost at sea. Closed doors, open roads, echoes and stars that forget to shine. A young woman is handed a box. Its contents will change her life forever. How far will she go to feel seen?

Previews from: Friday 28 February 2020

Closes: Saturday 29 February 2020

It All Comes Back

A woman has her memory deleted. She doesn't recognise anyone. Unknown visitors appear; can she trust them? Each story hides an element that can help her put the pieces back together.

Previews from: Monday 2 March 2020

Closes: Friday 6 March 2020

Second Person Narrative

Captures a single character's life, from birth to death, surrounded by voices who try to shape her and her narrative.

Previews from: Monday 2 March 2020

Closes: Friday 6 March 2020

Challenge Accepted

From classic fairy tale conundrums to saving the environment, Arcola Youth Theatre present four enterprising stories about facing adversity.

Previews from: Monday 9 March 2020

Closes: Wednesday 11 March 2020

Days of Significance

Jamie and Ben dream of becoming heroes. Their mates just want to binge drink the night away. Complex relationships and deep-rooted fears bubble to the surface and repercussions tear through the lives of everyone in their orbit.

Previews from: Thursday 12 March 2020

Closes: Sunday 15 March 2020


Matt Parvin's blistering new drama tests the limits of retribution and the power of social status at university.

Previews from: Wednesday 18 March 2020

Closes: Saturday 18 April 2020


Nya, an inner-city state school teacher, is deeply committed to her students, but desperate to give her only son Omari opportunities they'll never have. A powerful and compassionate drama about parental duty and the state of education.

Previews from: Thursday 26 March 2020

Closes: Saturday 2 May 2020

Broken Water

Olive misses her absent son. Philippa wonders what to do with her empty nest. Linda just wants what her neighbours have.

Previews from: Wednesday 22 April 2020

Closes: Saturday 23 May 2020

We Started To Sing

Sussex. London. Wiltshire. Northamptonshire. Wales. Over three decades, a family spreads across the country, and the chord they once made together starts to fray. How will the distance growing between them change the music of their lives?

Previews from: Thursday 7 May 2020

Closes: Saturday 13 June 2020

Death in Venice

A distinguished German writer arrives in Venice, seeking escape from the public eye. He finds distraction in a young boy, convincing himself that his interest is purely artistic.

Previews from: Wednesday 27 May 2020

Closes: Saturday 27 June 2020

The Dance of Death

As their 25th wedding anniversary approaches, Alice and Edgar are locked in a bitter struggle. They've driven away their children and their friends. Their relationship is sustained by taunts and recriminations.

Previews from: Thursday 18 June 2020

Closes: Saturday 25 July 2020

Women Who Blow On Knots

Three women meet by chance in a Tunis hotel in the first months of the Arab Spring. Striving for freedom and acceptance, but harbouring secrets of their own, they embark on a fantastical journey to Lebanon with the mysterious Madam Lilla.

Previews from: Thursday 3 September 2020

Closes: Saturday 10 October 2020

Our Name Is Not John

Today there are fewer women running big companies than CEOs named John. John's smart furniture company, FLATT, is failing, but the new investor, also named John, thinks he has the answer.

Previews from: Wednesday 9 September 2020

Closes: Saturday 10 October 2020

A New Play

Multi-award-winning writer, performer and provocateur Mark Thomas returns to Arcola Theatre with his trademark mix of quick-witted storytelling and fearless inquiry

Previews from: Tuesday 13 October 2020

Closes: Saturday 31 October 2020

Love and Apocalypse

On their fortieth birthdays, two people meet and fall in love. The rest is yet to come. Tracing the intricacies of love and the inevitability of change, Love And Apocalypse is a poignant portrayal of two lives spent together, and apart.

Previews from: Wednesday 14 October 2020

Closes: Saturday 14 November 2020

A Dead Body in Taos

A daughter travels to the New Mexico desert on hearing that her mother has died there. But has she? David Farr's new play is both a science fiction and an intimate study of loss and bereavement.

Previews from: Thursday 5 November 2020

Closes: Saturday 19 December 2020

The Apology

Seoul, 1991. Priyanka is beginning the UN investigation into the 'comfort women' of the Second World War, and the subsequent political cover-up. Yuna is about to learn the family secret her father has shamefully concealed for her whole life.

Previews from: Wednesday 18 November 2020

Closes: Saturday 19 December 2020

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