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Arcola Theatre

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27 Arcola Street, London E8 2DJ England
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Dalston JunctionOverground6 min
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Michael wrote a review Oct 2019
London, United Kingdom76 contributions20 helpful votes
The Arcola is one of London's best off West End theatres. It nestles down a back street in Dalston (Where?) But don't let that put you off. Despite the fact that it feels a bit alternative (there's a lot of unfinished woodwork and the loos are fairly basic) you'll often find a show to die for here. A while back I had the privelege to see Toby Jones acting his socks off in Rebecca Lenkiewicz's The Painter. You won't get that every night but it will always be interesting and worth discussing afterwards. I'm a particular fan of their opera festival - Grimeborn - which happens in the summer and gives young but talented musicians a chance to shine. Big set-piece operas happen in the main house, while more adventurous productions are staged elsewhere. The main stage is odd - the audience ranged unevenly on three sides of the stage, but the closeness to the performance offsets that awkwardness, even if it does present a challenge for directors. The great thing is that ticket prices here are a fraction of your typical show in the West End. You won't see your typical show either, and Dalston really is quite easy to get to.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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E d wrote a review Sep 2019
United Kingdom10 contributions5 helpful votes
It depends which play is on, what members of staff you encounter, which parking space you can find and which restaurant you have dinner at or possible drinks afterwards. All these aspects explain my two experiences at Arcola theatre. First time I went was amazing (about 1 or 2 years ago) and last time it was disappointing. I do not expect to come back soon. I will keep enjoying other theatres in London.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Togo48 wrote a review Aug 2019
Canterbury, United Kingdom6 contributions7 helpful votes
The Arcola seems is a nice theatre, with interesting productions. It’s a shame that when I visited on Saturday 4th August Studio 4 was unbearably hot! It was a fairly mild day outside - around 20 degrees - but the temperature was really uncomfortable for the performance. I hope they fix this issue, because it must be even worse during a heatwave
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Paul1960_4 wrote a review May 2019
Benfleet, United Kingdom639 contributions190 helpful votes
Got tix for the above for my birthday. Great little theatre, and a really imaginative stage production of one of my favourite films. When you’ve only really been to big West End shows, it’s quite humbling to see “grass-roots” theatre such as this (that’s not meant to be disrespectful). Cast carried it off brilliantly, including the kids, and you really couldn’t be closer to the action (for an extra fiver, you can have front row seats, just be careful not to trip the players). Must do this more often!
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Date of experience: May 2019
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ela03 wrote a review Apr 2019
Johnstone, United Kingdom346 contributions136 helpful votes
This was our visit and we enjoyed our visit. A contemporary style theatre to most in London but it worked well and provided a great atmosphere. Lots of bars & restraunts nearby to theatre to enjoy food & drink before show.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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