20 Oct 2015 - 14 Nov 2015

£10.00 - £19.00

Pro reviewers rating
10 reviews

3.6 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
1 reviews

2.0 out of 5.0

The Clarion is Britain’s worst newspaper. Morris Honeyspoon, its egomaniacal editor, spends his weekends dressed as Julius Caesar, and daily life at his beloved tabloid is a masterclass in incompetence and deceit.

But the Clarion's attention-seeking headlines have real-world consequences. As political storm clouds gather over an uneasy country, it seems the paper’s worst crimes are about to be exposed. While Morris frantically searches for a traitor in his midst, the once-great foreign correspondent Verity Stokes masterminds a murderous day of reckoning...

Clarion is an urgent black comedy about free speech, nationalism and the state of the British media. Written by former journalist Mark Jagasia, who has worked for some of the UK's leading newspapers, it shines a dazzling light on the dark heart of our democracy.

The Arcola's explosive production returns with its original cast for a limited run.

Reviews are from early 2015.


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“A howl of an England struggling without grace for identity, and a newsprint industry in decline... Unnervingly enjoyable. ”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“Piercing and often funny... the great success of this show is the character of editor Morris, played at a frenzy by Mr Hicks. ”

Quentin Letts (Daily Mail)

“A tremendous performance from Greg Hicks [revealing] untapped comic flair... The satire may be broad but it is highly effective.”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“An eye-wateringly funny — and foreboding — vision of British print journalism going to hell in a handcart. ”

Kate Bassett (The Times)

“Captures the.. journalistic flavour of bile, hysteria and sentimentality with savage precision... sharp, knowing and timely. ”

Other newspaper reviewers

“Jagasia writes with verve about the dark consequences of attention-seeking headlines... absorbing and at times devilishly funny ”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“Catches something of a last-orders-on-the-Titanic mood in what is actually an old-fashioned newsroom scenario. ”

Michael Coveney (What's on Stage, The Stage, Independent)

“Newsroom satire with an undercurrent of urgency and anger... Higgins gives a rich, rounded performance. ”

Natasha Tripney (The Stage, Time Out)

“Higgins... brings a richness and gravitas to the sordid proceedings. ”

Time Out (Other reviewers)

“Fuelled by a cartoonish energy... Ergen’s snappy production is graced by excellent performances... Grows rapidly wearisome. ”

Michael Arditti (Express)

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