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

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Current Productions

John Hodge's


Directed by Paul Nelson with permission from Samuel French

Moscow, 1938. A dangerous place to have a sense of humour; even more so a sense of freedom. Mikhail Bulgakov, living among dissidents, stalked by secret police, has both. And then he's offered a poisoned chalice:a commission to write a play about Stalin to celebrate his sixtieth birthday. Inspired by historical fact, Collaborators embarks on a surreal journey into the fevered imagination of the writer as he loses himself in a macabre and disturbingly funny relationship with the omnipotent subject of his drama. Collaborators premiered at the National Theatre, London, in October 2011.


starringBrian Woolton as Mikhail Bulgakov

starringLotte Fletcher-Jonk as Yelena

starringReg Beckley as Vasilly

starringIsabelle Maclaren as Praskovya

starringBogdan McHugh as Sergei

starringDaniela Nowokunska as Anna

starringStuart Muirs as Vladimir

starringRichard Facer as Stepan

starringScott Sullivan as Doctor

starringSean Beaumont as Actor 1

starringJane Taylor as Actor 2

starringJustin Sellick as Joseph Stalin

starringJack Edwards as Grigory

Performance dates

Sat, 27 Sep 2014 19:30 at The Mowlem Theatre, Swanage

Director's blog


Read through for this production is on Monday 19 May, 7.30pm at Pokesdown Primary School.

Auditions will be on Monday 26 May, 7.30pm at Pokesdown Primary School

If you want to audition and can't make the dates then please contact on info@arena-theatre.co.uk.

All you have to do is to turn up.  Experience doesn't matter.  There are no joining or audition fees.

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by Paul Nelson

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