The Arcola Theatre has confirmed its spring/summer 2017 including productions of Richard III, The Plague and These Trees are Made of Blood. 

Greg Hicks as Richard III (c) Alex Brenner. 

Talking about the six new productions in the new season’s programme, Artistic Director of the Arcola Theatre 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.”

The first of the six productions is Yellow Earth Theatre’s production of Christopher Marlowe’s Tamburlaine  running in studio 2 from the 15th March until the 8th April, directed by Ng Choon Ping. The production sees Lourdes Faberes making her debut at the Arcola Theatre.

Meanwhile the first production of the new season in studio 1 is Neil Bartlett’s production of The Plague, based on La Peste by Albert Camus. The production will run from the 5th April until the 6th May. It is a story about living through a time of crisis and fighting back the despair.

This will be followed by a world premiere production of Naylah Ahmed’s Ready or Not, directed by Helena Bell, Artistic Director of Kali Theatre. The political thriller arrives at the Arcola Theatre as part of a UK tour and will play from the 11th April until the 29th April.

From the 2nd May, the theatre will welcome The Pulverised to its stage, directed by Andy Sava. Alexandra Badea’s play is a portrait of globalisation and its far-reaching effects on our lives. It has been translated by Lucy Phelps.

The season will then continue with Mehmet Ergen’s production of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Richard III, starring Greg Hicks. It will run at the theatre from the 11th May until the 10th June.

The final production to be announced in this new season is These Trees are Made of Blood, a blend of cabaret and original live music to tell a vital, human story from Argentina’s Dirty War. It will play at the theatre from the 14th June until the 15th July.

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