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Arcola theatre

24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, E8 3DL

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The Arcola Theatre is an Off West End theatre located in the London Borough of Hackney, founded in 2000 by artistic director Mehmet Ergen. It hosts numerous plays, operatic performances and musicals featuring up-and-coming talent, as well as eminent artists. Every year, the theatre showcases many original works and new age productions, as well as world drama pieces and classics. Situated on Ashwin Street, Dalston, this iconic venue has two rehearsal studios, two studio theatres, and a café-slash-bar.

Welcome to the Arcola Theatre

The Arcola theatre runs one of the largest arts engagement programmes in East London, creating many opportunities for the local community. Since its establishment, it has functioned as an important platform for launching many world-famous theatre actors, playwrights, and artists. It is also on its way to becoming the first carbon-neutral theatrical venue in the world, as part of the Green Arcola project. The theatre offers people from all walks of life the opportunity to enjoy quality entertainment at reasonable prices. It has won many prestigious awards over the years for its contributions to the artistic community.

History of the Theatre

The Arcola Theatre was originally situated in an Arcola Street textile factory but had to move to the current Ashwin Street location in 2011. It has been integral to the British theatre landscape for two decades, enjoying an eventful journey with many milestones over the years. The theatre hosted The Factory Girls by Frank McGuiness on its fifth anniversary. It celebrated its move to its current location with a premiere of The Painter by Rebecca Lenkiewicz. The awards it received include two Peter Brook Empty Space Awards, and the 2003 and 2006 Time Out Live Awards.

A co-production of Mojo Mickey by playwright Owen McCafferty was the first of the theatre’s West End transfers to the Trafalgar Studios. In 2007, the theatre also hosted the first season of Grimeborn, an annual musical theatre and opera festival held for two weeks in August. Another significant milestone in the history of the theatre is the launch of the Arcola Queer Collective in September 2014.

Have a Great Time at the Arcola Theatre!

A visit to the Arcola Theatre is a rewarding experience for art enthusiasts and tourists alike. It is among the best Off West End theatres in London, offering a vast array of events throughout the year. You can catch a play or an elaborate musical theatre experience in the company of your family and friends. Ticket prices are quite affordable, and the theatre features a convenient layout as well as comfortable seating. The intimate studio setting also gives viewers an interesting perspective along with the unique ambience offered by the theatre.

Theatre enthusiasts can enjoy contemporary and classic pieces on the main stage at incredibly close distances from the performers. The Grimeborn opera festival in August is a great time to catch some standout performances. Enjoy a great evening with your loved ones at Arcola Theatre.

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Arcola is just 2 minutes’ walk from both Dalston Kingsland and Dalston Junction stations, on the London Overground.

  • 5 minutes by train from Highbury & Islington (connecting with Victoria line).
  • 10 minutes by train from Whitechapel(connecting with District and Hammersmith and City lines).
  • 10 minutes by train from Stratford(connecting with CentralJubileeDLR lines and National Rail).

Arcola is a 5-minute bus ride away from Hackney Downs station (10 minutes from Liverpool Street, connecting with CentralCircleHammersmith and City and Metropolitan lines).


Arcola is served by the following bus routes:

  • 149 from London Bridge or Edmonton Green.
  • 242 from Tottenham Court Road via Liverpool Street or Hackney Central.
  • 6 or 243 from Old Street or Wood Green.
  • 38 or 56 from Angel or Clapton Pond Roundabout/Lea Bridge Road.
  • 30 or 277 from Highbury and Islington.

Past Events

MusicalLittle Miss Sunshine
4.768 reviews

Little Miss Sunshine pulls into the Arcola Theatre. Tickets are available now!

OperaThe Rape of Lucretia
4.73 reviews

In Rome, 510 BC, Lucretia is sought out in the night by the prince Tarquinius.

PlayUte Lemper: Rendezvous with Marlene

Ute Lemper: Rendezvous with Marlene

MusicalAnna Bella Eema
5.03 reviews

UK Premiere of Pulitzer Prize finalist Lisa D'Amour's Anna Bella Eema

PlayThe Plague
5.03 reviews

The Plague is Albert Camus’ electrifying story about living through a time of crisis and fighting back against despair.

PlayNew Nigerians
5.02 reviews

Patrice Naiambana returns as the rabble-rousing Greatness Ogholi in Rosamunde Hutt’s acclaimed production.

PlayNot Talking

“If I don’t want to tell anyone, it’s up to me, right?”

4.511 reviews

Keith? A Comedy comes to the Arcola Theatre for 3 weeks only!

PlayThe Cutting Edge
4.01 reviews

The Cutting Edge a new show by Jack Shepherd at London's Arcola Theatre

PlayA Hero Of Our Time

After a sold out Edinburgh Fringe run, A Hero Of Our Time comes to London's Arcola Theatre for 4 weeks only!

5.03 reviews

Al Smith's Radio play takes over the Arcola Theatre this summer with some of the cheapest London theatre tickets around.


“Yeah, but where are you really from?"

OperaElephant Steps

An occult, surrealist opera.

4.820 reviews

Tickets to Beryl, the true story of the greatest woman on two wheels.

5.08 reviews

Adaptation of Nobel Prize winner Knut Hamsun's novel

5.02 reviews

Henry Naylor's Fringe First winning show Games comes to the Arcola Theatre for a limited 3 week run!

PlayMrs Dalloway

Forward Arena present a fast-paced, dynamic staging of Virginia Woolf‘s tale, in a bold new version by Hal Coase (Callisto: a queer epic).

PlayMeet Me At Dawn
4.67 reviews

Zinnie Harris' Meet Me At Dawn transfers to London's Arcola Theatre following its hit run in Edinburgh.

PlayThe Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives

Four wives, one husband and a devastating secret.

PlayStop and Search
3.25 reviews

Stop and Search

5.01 reviews

Katherine Parkinson's debut play Sitting, for one month only at the Arcola Theatre

PlayUntil The Flood
4.65 reviews

Tickets to see Dael Orlandersmith come to the Arcola with Until the Flood

PlayMUSHY: Lyrically Speaking
4.52 reviews

MUSHY: Lyrically Speaking in London for 6 performances only!

2.01 reviews

Winner of multiple awards at the Edinburgh Fringe Borders has come to London's Arcola Theatre for an extremely limited run.

PlayMark Thomas: Check-Up
5.02 reviews

Based on a series of interviews with leading experts and residencies in hospitals and surgeries.

PlayThe Daughter-in-Law
4.510 reviews

Nominated for 3 Off West End Awards (Best Female Performance, Best Costume Design, Best Direction)

PlayOne Under
3.84 reviews

A new reimagining of Winsome Pinnock's 2005 play, One Under tickets are not to be missed!

4.02 reviews

Greek is a riotous, contemporary retelling of the Oedipus myth, based on the verse play by Steven Berkoff (East, Decadence).

5.014 reviews

Arcola's first RSC co-production based on the book by Can Dündarook, #WeAreArrested