The Plague

The Plague

Arcola Theatre · 30 AUG - 29 SEP

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To begin with, everyone agreed that this couldn’t possibly happen. Not to them. But now, people are starting to talk about infection – even quarantine. Who is responsible? And what’s the cure?

Overview

Following last year’s sold-out premiere, director Neil Bartlett revives his critically-acclaimed production of The Plague for four weeks only.

The Plague is Albert Camus’ electrifying story about living through a time of crisis and fighting back against despair.

Originally written in the aftermath of the Nazis’ march across Europe, the novel struck a powerful chord with millions struggling to understand the fascist ‘plague’ that had just overwhelmed them.

Now, as Europe slides again into chaos and uncertainty, this gripping stage adaptation retells Camus’ classic for our own dangerous times.

Critic reviews

The cast perform well, alternating between reflecting on the past and being in the moment, and sometimes sharing lines as a chorus commenting on the crisis

Londonist

I don’t think one can entirely ignore the work’s origins, but it here becomes a modern myth about the importance, in times of crisis, for what the historian Tony Judt called “a necessary optimism”

The Guardian

The play seems to be applicable to everything from Ebola to Syria and Brexit

The Independent

Barlett's "state of plague" recalls our own semi-permanent state of emergency and, if nothing else, The Plague shows the sheer inevitability of systemic failure

WhatsOnStage

Bartlett’s production can’t help but drive home a thumping message: namely, in the face of the unspeakable, what would you do? I have to admit I left it feeling a little bit devastated

The Telegraph

A sturdy reminder of how Camus’s work justifies its status as a classic

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Date & time

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Thu 30 Aug - Sat 29 Sep, 3pm & 7.30pm
Runtime: 1 hr 25 mins

Venue

Arcola Theatre
24 Ashwin St E8 3DL London, UK · Get Directions
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