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The nabokov Arts Club: Fable

Following our epic sold out Festival of the Dead, the nabokov Arts Club returns to BAC for another weekend of live arts and late-night mayhem.

An extravaganza of live theatre, music, comedy, dance and visual art wrapped up in a big fat party - the nabokov Arts Club has been featured in The Guardian, Time Out’s Hot Picks/Critics’ Choice and The Independent’s ‘Best Nights Out’.

This next instalment of London’s best arts party will once again feature the cream of the UK’s established and emerging talent from across the spectrum. Exploring the theme of Fables and Fairytales, expect headline theatre pieces from Jack Thorne (The Fades/This is England ‘88) and a musical subversion of the Cinderella story from composer and Doctor Who star Arthur Darvill (Been So Long/It’s About Time).

There are loads more acts to be announced, so stay tuned to this event page for more details, or follow new developments on the nabokov blog: 
www.nabokov-online.com and click ‘News’

A limited number of Earlybird tickets for £15 are now on sale from the BAC website...the last event was sold out so you'd better be quick!

Advance booking online at www.bac.org.uk/whats-on/nabokov-arts-club2/ 
or over the phone on 020 7223 2223

The nabokov Arts Club: Fable
Friday 2nd march and Saturday 3rd march 2012 // 8pm – 2am
Battersea Arts Centre // Lavender Hill// Battersea // SW11 5TN
£15 (earlybird) // £18 (advance) // £20 (on the door) 

BUNNY: pictures from Watford

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Rosie with familiar tortured expression (acting)


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Rehearsing in the lovely Watford Palace Theatre auditorium - quite a contrast from the Underbelly!


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Emily Lawrance and Ben Benson rehearsing for the post-show entertainment

BNE Watford Sock rsz Entertaining an appreciative bar full of people later on.


Five stars in Watford

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We're made up with the review of 2ND MAY 1997 from The Watford Observer. Critic Melanie Dakin reckoned it was "utterly enlivening" and gave it the full five stars.

Melanie hung around for the post-show Q&A the night she reviewed the show, and reports some audience comments:

“It’s somewhere we’ve all been - it’s very beautifully done and also very intimate”

“I was riveted to every word; it was almost televisual"

“There’s something wrong with our society that we can’t make more plays like this”

Melanie's own opinion was:

"Jack Thorne’s utter mastery of the human drama are what make this play so surprising, so entertaining, utterly enlivening and a piece of theatrical enlightenment that deserves to run and run."

Thanks Melanie. We're thrilled you enjoyed it.

2ND MAY 1997 on tour

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Following its sell-out run at The Bush, 2ND MAY 1997 heads out on the road this week. First up we're excited to return to Watford Palace Theatre, where we are a Creative Associate Company, followed by three nights at The Mercury Theatre, Colchester. Then next week we play seven performances at The Royal Exchange in Manchester.

Here are all the details:

20 - 21 October 
Watford Palace Theatre
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22 - 24 October 
The Mercury Theatre, Colchester
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27 - 31 October 
Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
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If you're London based and missed the show at The Bush, Watford is a mere 10 minutes from Euston so there's your chance. And we look forward to seeing everyone in Colchester and Manchester who have seen our shows before.

Just a reminder what the critics said:

“Playwright Jack Thorne elegantly refracts the early hours of Blair through three very different relationships...A superb 90 minutes.”
**** Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard

“George Perrin's beautifully acted production…an evening of gorgeous, understated naturalism that captures one historic night.”
**** Claire Allfree, Metro

"Rising playwright Jack Thorne takes us back in time with such quiet profundity and verve you get a burst of inspiration to match the uplift of those distant days."
**** Dominic Cavendish, Daily Telegraph

There's more information on the show and the tour on our website here.