The Apology Tickets London Theatre

The Apology Tickets

Arcola reunites with New Earth for this powerful human story which asks how a nation can apologise for the crimes of its past.

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“It looks like a good season at the Arcola, Dalston’s brilliant local theatre with a city-wide reputation. Philip Ridley’s The Poltergeist was last seen in a streamed version during lockdown. Now it takes to the stage in Wiebke Green’s production in October, and that will be followed by Frank McGuiness’ Dinner with Groucho which brings Groucho Marx and T.S. Eliot together in a restaurant on the edge of heaven. First off comes New Earth’s The Apology, an intriguing play by South Korean writer Kyo Choi, about the women forced into sexual servitude by the Japanese army in the countries it occupied during WW2. Based on true accounts, it asks hard questions about responsibility, reparation, and what is the nature of genuine apology. The North Wall’s Ria Parry directs.”
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“My feelings? They’re not hurt. My feelings are incensed…”

Seoul, 1991. Priyanka is beginning the UN investigation into the ‘comfort women’ of the Second World War, and the subsequent political cover-up. Yuna is about to learn the family secret her father has shamefully concealed for her whole life. And Sun-Hee, having kept her silence for over forty years, is on the brink of speaking out – an act which will ignite a fire that could spread across the world.

Three women’s lives intertwine as they campaign for the truth against those who would rather it remain forgotten.

Based on true accounts by survivors, The Apology is a play about the meaning of justice in the face of atrocity.

The Apology was developed with support from the National Theatre.

Age Recommendation: 14+

Critic reviews

A powerful story with appropriately compelling and emotional performances

· Everything Theatre

Kyo Choi revisits a Second World War trauma – and weighs the value of opening old wounds

· The Telegraph

Filled with powerful and emotional performances from an outstanding cast

· Theatre Weekly

There is a story of historical significance here

· London Box Office

Shocking and intelligent play

· The Guardian

Restrained but harrowing

· The Stage

Though far from subtle, this hard-hitting play packs some surprises

· Evening Standard
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Date & time

Show ended
Thu 15 Sep - Sat 8 Oct 2022, 3pm & 7.30pm

Relaxed: Wed 28 Sep, 3pm
Touch Tour: Wed 5 Oct, before 7.30pm performance
Runtime: 2 hrs 10 mins


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