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This Dalston theatre has been a pioneering force in both drama and sustainable technology since it was founded in 2000, and has developed a reputation for creative excellence and social conscience. 

The Arcola has staged work by some of the world's most respected actors, writers and directors including Sam Shepard, Ariel Dorfman, Frank McGuinness and William Gaskill.

But it has also helped develop and premier work by emerging artists, including Hackney-based playwright Alecky Blythe, who have gone on to receive acclaim from critics and audiences alike.

Housed in a converted paint-manufacturing workshop on Ashwin Street, the multiple award-winning venue features two 240-capacity theatre spaces, two rehearsal rooms and a cafĂ©/bar. 

The Arcola also runs one of the most extensive multi-cultural community and youth programmes in London and has been at the forefront of developing ways for public venues to reduce carbon emissions. 

The main theatre sells a limited number of tickets at a reduced rate on weekly 'pay what you can Tuesdays'.

Disabled Accessible

24 Ashwin Street


E8 3DL


United Kingdom

Phone: 020 7503 1645



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Opening hours

Mon-Thurs: 10am-12midnight

Fri-Sat: 10am-2am

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