Arcola’s new season, REVOLUTION, investigates a world on the brink of profound change. It explores the causes and the colossal impact of the Russian Revolution 100 years on, and considers the people and ideas which could shape the next century.
100 years ago, a neglected majority shook the world order with socialist revolution, disempowering the rich and demanding equality… 100 years on, a neglected majority have chosen Brexit and Donald Trump.
Change is in the air in Gorky’s The Lower Depths, directed by internationally-acclaimed Helena Kaut-Howson, and Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, directed by Artistic Director Mehmet Ergen. An ensemble of 20 actors perform these two great plays from the years leading up to Russia’s revolutionary moment.
The New Nigerians, a new play by award-winning playwright Oladipo Agboluaje commissioned by Arcola Theatre, will receive its world premiere in a production directed by Rosamunde Hutt. A gripping tale of conflict and compromise, it sets the scene for a political revolution in 21st century Nigeria.
The Lower Depths opens the season, running from 11 January to 11 February 2017, with a press night on 16 January. It’s followed by The New Nigerians, running from 14 February to 11 March 2017, with a press night on 17 February. Running simultaneously, The Cherry Orchard concludes the Revolution season from 15 February to 25 March 2017, with a press night on 21 February.
Students from East 15 Acting School will perform short runs of two plays set in the aftermath of the Bolshevik revolution (Futurists by Dusty Hughes and Heart of a Dog by Mikhaíl Bulgakov). Plus there’ll be readings, talks, screenings and special events throughout the season.
Artistic Director Mehmet Ergen said:
“Arcola Theatre’s vision is of a genuinely radical theatre, constantly reinventing itself to respond to, interpret and have relevance to an ever-changing world. We look forward to sharing our REVOLUTION season with audiences old and new.”