Arcola Theatre

Arcola is...



In our two theatre spaces, Arcola presents major artists alongside cutting-edge work from some of the most exciting emerging companies.

Arcola has been a launch pad for artists including Rebecca Lenkiewicz and Alecky Blythe (who had their first plays produced here), Lyndsey Turner, Lucy Kirkwood and Joe Sims.

World-renowned playwrights including Bonnie Greer, Frank McGuinness and Sam Shepard have premiered work at Arcola.

Actors including Linda Bassett, Clare Higgins, Greg Hicks, Geraldine James, Gemma Jones, Kathyrn Hunter, David Bamber and Toby Jones have all appeared on our stages.

In 2015 Arcola was nominated for 9 Off West End awards – more than any other London theatre.


Arcola’s programme is locally engaged and internationally minded. We believe that diversity makes for better art, and for a more flourishing arts scene.

Every year through ArcolaLAB, we provide 26 weeks of free rehearsal space to emerging theatre-makers and artists of colour.

Two-thirds of the productions in our last season were led by women as writers, directors and producers, and one-third of our productions are led by diverse artists.


Arcola delivers one of London’s most extensive community engagement programmes, creating over 11,000 opportunities every year across youth, community, schools and talent development programmes.

We’re committed to affordable ticket pricing – no ticket is more than £22, and you can pay what you can on Tuesday evenings. Arcola Passport makes a trip to the theatre £12 or less.


Arcola aims to be the world’s first carbon-neutral theatre. Our pioneering environmental initiatives, developed in partnership with Arcola Energy, are internationally renowned.

We’ve fitted solar panels, DC power grids and now carbon-neutral heating to make our building more sustainable.

Find us at...

  • Arcola Theatre
  • 24 Ashwin St
  • London
  • E8 3DL

Our family-friendly offer

Baby changing
Accessible lifts
Café with child-friendly snacks and drinks
Trained staff
Family Friendly activities


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Spaces for wheelchairs in theatres


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