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Arcola Theatre, London

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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. In 2020 the theatre announced plans to open Arcola Outside, also on Ashwin Street.
The theatre runs one of East London's most extensive arts engagement programmes, creating over 11,000 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.
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  • The Arcola is one of London's best off West End theatres. It nestles down a back street in Dalston (Where?) But don't let that put you off. Despite the fact that it feels a bit alternative (there's a....  more »
  • It depends which play is on, what members of staff you encounter, which parking space you can find and which restaurant you have dinner at or possible drinks afterwards. All these aspects explain my.....  more »
  • Rating a theatre, of course, heavily influenced by the production seen. I saw "The Daughter-in-law" by D. H. Lawrence. A very powerful play well performed in Nottingham dialect of 1912, including many phrases of such interest and fun that I bought the script. The Arcola puts on many fringe productions of interest and earns good reviews: keep an eye on future productions. Theatre was the Reeves paint factory from 1866, with addition 1913. Look outside and admire the architecture of this and neighboring buildings.
  • Friendly staff, good layouts and a generally nice vibe. Only a 3 star as the ceilings in bathrooms are exposed and the insulation is coming down and it’s been like that for a while now. It wouldn’t take much to make it secure. It’s unlikely it’s asbestos but all insulation poses respiratory risk as the fibres are very small and sharp. Would be nice to see that rectified and boost the stars to 5

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