Inua Ellams, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Steven Berkoff and Dominique Morisseau will feature in the Arcola Theatre’s 20th anniversary season.
The programme features 11 world premieres from artists who “helped shape the Arcola’s first two decades”, opening in February 2020 with The Cutting Edge by Jack Shepherd, starring Maggie Steed.
Other world premieresat the London theatre include We Started to Sing by Barney Norris, an adaptation of August Strindberg’s The Dance of Death by Lenkiewicz, directed by Arcola artistic director Mehmet Ergen, and an adaptation of Ece Temelkuran’s Women Who Blow on Knots by the Arcola’s co-founder Leyla Nazli.
A new solo show from Mark Thomas, David Farr’s A Dead Body in Taos, which is co-produced with Fuel, Matt Parvin’s Gentlemen, Michele Winstanley’s Broken Water, which is co-produced by Lightbox Theatre, and Sarah Kosar’s Our Name is Not John also feature in the season.
The list of world premieres is completed by Tena Štivičić’s Love and Apocalypse and The Apology by Kyo Choi, which is a play about Korean ‘comfort women’ co-produced with Yellow Earth theatre company.
Other productions include the European premiere of Morisseau’s Pipeline and a new staging of Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice.
Ellams, whose first play was produced at the Arcola, will stage an audience-led, interactive poetry event called Search Party, and Berkoff will return to perform They Shall Not Pass: The Battle of Cable Street with musician Mark Glentworth.
Further 20th anniversary events are to be announced.
Ergen said: “Since we opened in 2000, Arcola has been a theatre for everyone. People from all walks of life have found a home here, whether on our stages or in our audiences.
“Our 20th anniversary season responds to the world around us, asking crucial questions about personal freedom and examining the societies we live in.”
Season at a glance:
The Cutting Edge by Jack Shepherd
Directed by Jack Shepherd
February 13 to March 21, press night on February 18
Pipeline by Dominique Morisseau
Directed by Jack Gamble
March 26 to May 2, press night on March 31
We Started to Sing by Barney Norris
May 7 to June 13, press night on May 12
The Dance of Death by August Strindberg
Adapted by Rebecca Lenkiewicz
Directed by Mehmet Ergen
June 18 to July 25, press night on June 23
Women Who Blow on Knots by Ece Temelkuran
Adapted by Leyla Nazli
Directed by Lerzan Pamir
September 3 to October 10, press night on September 8
A new play by Mark Thomas
Directed by Nicolas Kent
October 13 to October 31, press night on October 15
A Dead Body in Taos by David Farr
Directed by Rachel Bagshaw
November 5 to December 19, press night on November 9
Gentlemen by Matt Parvin
Directed by Richard Speir
March 18 to April 18, press night on March 24
Broken Water by Michele Winstanley
Directed by Emma Faulkner
April 22 to May 23, press night on April 28
Death in Venice by Thomas Mann
Translated by David Luke
Adapted by Robert David MacDonald and Giles Havergal
Directed by Philip Prowse
May 27 to June 27, press night on June 2
Our Name is Not John by Sarah Kosar
September 9 to October 10, press night September 15
Love and Apocalypse by Tena Štivičić
October 14 to November 14, press night on October 20
The Apology by Kyo Choi
Directed by Ria Parry
November 18 to December 19, press night on November 24
They Shall Not Pass: The Battle of Cable Street by Steven Berkoff
February 23 and March 1
Search Party by Inua Ellams