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16th century revenge blockbuster revived at the Arcola

PUBLISHED: 13:00 23 October 2009 | UPDATED: 15:07 05 October 2010

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REVENGE is the theme of an Elizabethan play being given a bang up to date makeover. The Spanish Tragedy, a 16th century blockbuster which influenced a generation of great playwrights, including Ben Jonson, Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare, runs

REVENGE is the theme of an Elizabethan play being given a bang up to date makeover.

The Spanish Tragedy, a 16th century blockbuster which influenced a generation of great playwrights, including Ben Jonson, Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare, runs from October 14th-November 14th at the Arcola Theatre in Arcola Street.

The revenge tragedy is given a modern twist evoking the knife crime culture of Hackney in the play's first London staging since it was performed at the National Theatre in 1984.

Shakespeare fans will be familiar with many of the drama's ingredients, including a wronged ghost, procrastinating avenger and play-within-a-play, which resurfaced in The Bard's classic, Hamlet.

The play's cast of 13 include Dominic Rowan star of Shakespeare's Globe and National Theatre productions.

Director Mitchell Moreno's credits have included regular stints at the National Theatre and RSC, as well as the West End staging of Billy Elliot.

Cutting edge visual trickery and audio visual techniques led by award winning stage designer Helen Goddard make this a modern adaptation of a timeless classic that will linger long in the memory.

Show times are 8pm Monday-Saturday with Saturday matinees at 3pm from October 24th.

Tickets are priced at £16 with concessions at £10, excluding Friday and Saturday evenings.

"Pay what you can" tickets are available on Tuesdays, subject to availability.

To book go to www.arcolatheatre.com or call 0207 503 1646.


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