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Arcola Theatre, London5.08 reviews
Adaptation of Nobel Prize winner Knut Hamsun's novel

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Tickets for Hunger at the Arcola Theatre available now!

The new Arcola season has arrived and it is bringing a new adaptation of Nobel Prize-winner Knut Hamsun’s novel to the stage. This innovative adaptation brings the radical novel to life on the London stage. This limited one month run is sure to sell out quickly so be sure to book your Hunger tickets as soon as possible to guarantee you’ll have the best seats at the very best prices.

What is Hunger about?

Based on the radical 1890 novel by Knut Hamsun, based on his own experiences of poverty prior to his rise to success as one of Norway’s most celebrated authors. Hunger tells the story of a young man who comes to the big city with dreams of becoming a writer. But the city is harsh and unforgiving. Friends are hard to come by, and jobs harder still. When the core of his being is rocked by hunger will he survive, and if he does, will his spirit, and his sanity make it through?

Hunger was a groundbreaking tale of a mind on the fringes and the universal desire for connection. This story revolutionised the psychological novel. It influenced writers from Franz Kafka to Ernest Hemingway and continues to have an impact today. 

Who is behind Hunger at the Arcola Theatre?

Hunger was written by Norwegian author Knut Hamsun. He gained prominence with his novel Hunger (1890) and went on to solidify his position at the forefront of modernist literature with works such as  Mysteries (1892), Pan (1894), and Victoria (1898). He would go on to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1920 for his epic Growth of the Soil. Though his political beliefs led to him being kept at a distance, and ultimately trial and imprisonment, his works are still held in high regard. 

This fast-paced production was adapted for the stage by Amanda Lomas. Her previous works include Your Way of Mine and Girl Meets Boy for Battersea Theatre 503. This world premiere production will be directed by Fay Lomas, artistic director of Jump Spark productions and winner of the inaugural Peter Hall Emerging Artist Fellowship. She is the assistant director for Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

Do not miss your chance to see the classic work of Nobel Prize-winning author Knut Hamsun revitalised by Amanda Lomas for the Arcola Theatre stage. This limited run comes to London for one month only just ahead of Christmas. Book tickets for Hunger at London’s Arcola Theatre now to ensure your chance to see this literary masterpiece come to life.

Additional Information

Age restriction

To Be Confirmed.

Running time

1hr 20min (no interval)

Performance dates

20 November - 21 December 2019


There will be relaxed performances of this production on Saturday 7 December 3pm, Thursday 12 December 8pm, Monday 16 December 8pm, and Saturday 21 December 3pm.

Venue Information

Arcola Theatre24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London, E8 3DL

Customer Reviews

8 reviews5.0

feona m cheng22nd December


sandrineh21st December

Great intimate venue, superb direction and acting, my husband and I were deeply moved by the play, i was actually in tears. We will be back and congratulations to the actors for an inspiring performance!

Simone Marchesi21st December

Powerful. Clockwork acting and coreography.

Haben Habteslasie20th December

Excellent play, acting and production. I was completely engaged and moved by the dialogue, the disorienting sounds, the emotons of the protagonist, the authenticity of the myriad characters throughout.... the lighting!

Nicola Kelly19th December

Thought provoking, sad and beautifully produced.

Julie Paquet18th December

It was breathtaking. The comedians are perfect, they don’t have to overplay because the stage is very close to the spectators. Just... wow.


Excellent production

Ann Francesca Flammiger24th November

Stimulating and thought-provoking play about rejection and homelessness, which was beautifully and sympathetically acted with most of the cast taking on multi-roles that were clearly delineated. The storytelling was clear and moving, with ever-changing, brief scenes, and the direction was inventive and fast-paced to hold the audiences attention. The clever use of set and soundscape conjured up the city and harbour settings and the bleakness and isolation of someone on the margins of society. A message for today