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.Take the guesswork out of planning a London vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.
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.
Arcola Theatre reviews
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
Plan your trip to London
Get a personalized tripA complete day by day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your trip. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in London
Museums in London
Kid-friendly things to do in London
Hidden gems in London
Side trips from London
Nearby attractions in London
Trips in London by other users
10 days in Edinburgh, London & Amsterdam BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Edinburgh · London · Amsterdam 7 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM London · Edinburgh 3 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM London 23 days in Europe BY A USER FROM PUERTO RICO Paris · London · Amsterdam 13 days in Europe BY A USER FROM BRAZIL London · Paris · Brussels 18 days in Europe BY A USER FROM PUERTO RICO Paris · London · Amsterdam