The Plague

Arcola

The Plague

05 Apr 2017 - 06 May 2017

£12.00 - £22.00

Pro reviewers rating
10 reviews

3.7 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
1 reviews

4.0 out of 5.0

April 29th; lunchtime. Found Mr Michel in the street outside the apartment. Walk unsteady. Eyes unnaturally bright

Dr Rieux is noticing things. A rat on the stairs, where it has no right to be. A sore throat becoming a fever. The first signs of panic. It all amounts to a troubling diagnosis… so what’s the cure?

Camus’ electrifying story about living through a time of crisis and fighting back against despair, retold for our own dangerous times.

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“Bartlett's production has an itchy urgency that both grips and unsettles.”

Matt Trueman (What's On Stage, Time Out)

“Sombre, unforgettable treatment... Somehow, from this harsh haunting show you emerge into the bustle of East London encouraged.”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“Bartlett has adapted and directed it with great ingenuity... Compelling... Chilling... A fine job is done by the five actors.”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“All the more devastating because... studiedly unsensationalised... Spare, minimalist... Incisively portrayed characters.”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“Focuses on how people respond to insidious disaster.”

Other newspaper reviewers

“Sucker-punch of a play... Harrowing... I left it feeling a little bit devastated. ”

Claire Allfree (Metro, Telegraph)

“Haunting and powerful... Strong ensemble work from all five actors and a particularly vivid turn from Billy Postlethwaite.”

Fiona Mountford (Evening Standard)

“Deliberately unostentatious... Bartlett deliberately refuses to inject drama where Camus offers none... Rigorously unshowy.”

Ian Shuttleworth (Financial Times)

“Richly allegorical adaptation... Arresting topicality... provokes a foreboding that is difficult to shake.”

Fergus Morgan (The Stage, What's On Stage)

“The full payload of this unsparingly bleak fable comes crashing down by the close. ”

Matt Breen (Time Out)

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