The world premiere production of Anders Lustgarten’s new play The Sugar- Coated Bullets of the Bourgeoisie  will run at the Arcola Theatre from the 7th-30th April before opening at the Hightide Festival in September. 


Ahead of announcing its 10th anniversary programme, the Hightide Festival has announced that alongside the Arcola Theatre, they will be presenting a new play by Anders Lustgarten.

The Sugar – Coated Bullets of the Bourgeoisie will reunite Lustgarten with Hightide’s Artistic director Steven Atkinson, whose last collaboration was Lampedusa, a powerful play about the refugee crisis.

This latest play is based on a decade of research and explores the lives of Chinese people in two eras during the rise of Maoist China, and in 2016, an increasingly diverse, volatile, $11 Trillion economy on the precipice of change.

Revolution has stirred, China has stood up and Communism reaches Rotten Peach Village.

Over the next sixty years, the villagers are battered by the waves of New China, lurching from the extremes of Maoism to the extremes of capitalism. Yet amid all the change and turmoil, one thing does not alter: their willingness to fight.

The production will include in the cast: Rebecca Boey,Anna Leong Brophy,Alice Hewkin,Stephen Hoo,Sara Houghton,Siu Hun Li,Andrew Leung,Louise Mai Newberry.

Meanwhile, the creative team includes: designs by Lily Arnold, lighting by Elliot Griggs and sound design by Giles Thomas.

HighTide, isone of the UK’s leading new writing organisations focused on developing emerging playwrights . The festival will celebrate its tenth anniversary in September 2016 and has  showcased some of the UK’s most well-respected new writers of the last decade including Luke Barnes, Vickie Donoghue, Ella Hickson, Nick Payne, Beth Steel and Jack Thorne. The full 2016 programme will be announced on 15 March.

The Sugar-Coated Bullets of the Bourgeoisie will appear at the Arcola Theatre from the 7th to the 30th April. For more information and to book tickets visit: