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Welcome to Arena Theatre

Arena Theatre was founded by John King in 1983 and has become one of Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset's leading theatre companies.

Never a theatre group to be pigeon-holed, Arena Theatre prides itself on performing plays that challenge actors and audience alike.

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Jim Cartwright's


Directed by Hayley Tucker with permission from Samuel French

"A sharp, salty, quickfire evocation of the drudgery and gaiety and underlying melancholia of English pub life" The Guardian. After the great success of Collaborators, Arena Theatre return with their latest play, Two. Jim Cartwright's two hander presents a fascinating microcosm of working class life in a Northern local in the 80's, emulated in many comedies most notably, Early Doors. Let our Landlord and Landlady introduce you to all the punters and regulars as well as uncovering their own tragic secret. All life is present in this pub, where people celebrate and mourn in an unflinching mixture of tragedy and comedy.


starringAdam Donoghue as Landlord and every male

starringBeverley Beck as Landlady and every woman

Performance dates

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 19:30 at The Shelley Theatre
Sat, 07 Mar 2015 20:00 at The Mowlem, Swanage
Sun, 08 Mar 2015 20:00 at Camden, Westbourne
Fri, 20 Mar 2015 20:00 at The Stage Door, Southampton

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