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Manchester Library Theatre Company


By Tom Stoppard. Directed by Chris Honer

Thu 23 September - Sat 9 October

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The opening night reviews are in. Read the reviews in Whats On Stage (5*), The Public Reviews, The British Theatre Guide and the Jildy Sauce blog.

In 1812 a scandal rocked the Croom household in Derbyshire. A sexual liaison, possibly involving Lord Byron, apparently ended in a fatal duel.

Two hundred years later, a pushy academic and a popular historian are trying to uncover the house’s true history.

Landscape gardening, Newtonian physics, classicism versus romanticism and chaos theory are all part of this comic literary detective story, which is both an exuberant celebration of the unpredictability of love and sex, and a poignant study of change and decay.

Arcadia’s wit, elegance and sheer exuberance have made it a modern classic.

Manchester Library Theatre Company lead production sponsor Manchester Airport Group.

‘This is a brilliant, brilliant play. A play of ideas, of consummate theatricality, of sophisticated entertainment and of heartache never to be regained.’ The Sunday Times

‘Tom Stoppard is Britain’s greatest living playwright… Arcadia is his absolute best play.’ The Guardian

‘One of Tom Stoppard’s undisputed masterpieces.’ The Independent

Arcadia Education Resources available at

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Audio Described by Anne Hornsby
Thu 5 October 7.15pm. Touch Tour 6.15pm.
Sat 9 October 2.30pm. Touch tour at 1.30pm.
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Signed by Mavis McCue
Thu 7 October 7.15pm.
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Captioned by John Reevell and Stephen Kelly
Fri 8 October 7.15pm.
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Off the stage logo for a post show talk on Fri 25 June.

Pre-show talk
Wed 6 October 6.15pm
Sat 9 October 1.30pm

Free to ticket holders

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