Arcola Theatre

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Arcola Theatre
Location Dalston
London, E8
United Kingdom
Coordinates 51°33′07″N 0°04′26″W / 51.551944°N 0.073889°W / 51.551944; -0.073889Coordinates: 51°33′07″N 0°04′26″W / 51.551944°N 0.073889°W / 51.551944; -0.073889
Public transit London Overground Dalston Junction; Dalston Kingsland
Owner Arcola Theatre Production Company
Type Off West End
Production Repertory productions
Opened 2000; 18 years ago (2000)
Rebuilt 2010-11

Arcola Theatre is an Off West End theatre in the London Borough of Hackney. It presents plays, operas and musicals featuring established and emerging artists.

The theatre building, in the former Colourworks paint factory on Ashwin Street, Dalston, houses two studio theatre spaces, two rehearsal studios and a café-bar. The theatre runs one of East London's most extensive arts engagement programmes, creating over 5000 opportunities for the local community every year.

Since 2007 the 'Green Arcola' project has aimed to make Arcola the world's first carbon-neutral theatre.


Arcola Theatre was founded by artistic director Mehmet Ergen, in September 2000.

Its original location was a former textile factory on Arcola Street in Dalston. The theatre celebrated this with its fifth anniversary production, The Factory Girls by Frank McGuinness. In January 2011 the Arcola moved to a former paint-manufacturing workshop on Ashwin Street in Dalston, after its previous landlord earmarked the Arcola Street site for redevelopment as apartments.[1] It marked the move by premiering The Painter, a play about J. M. W. Turner by Rebecca Lenkiewicz.[2]

Since its inception the theatre has twice won the Peter Brook Empty Space Award and was awarded Time Out Live Awards in 2003 and 2006.

In 2007, an Arcola co-production of Mojo Mickey by Owen McCafferty became its first West End transfer to the Trafalgar Studios.[3] 2007 also marked the first season of the Arcola's Grimeborn, an opera and musical theatre festival that runs for two weeks in August.

In September 2014 [4], Nick Connaughton started the Arcola Queer Collective. Some collective members include Rubyyy Jones [5] , Travis Alabanza [6], Krishna Istha [7], Damien Killeen, Miss Cairo and Camilla Harding. [8]

The theatre is one of the most successful participants of the 10:10 project.[citation needed]


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