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The Arrival - Tickets

Scheduled for a limited run at London’s Bush Theatre this winter, Olivier Award-winning director Bijan Sheibani’s debut play is certain to be amongst the top picks of the holiday season!

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These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.

why watch the arrival

The Arrival is a complex family drama that explores the dynamics of long lost family bonds. Filled with touching dialogue sequences and winsome character development, the play takes audiences on a fascinating journey through the lives of two men who seem to be cloned versions of each other.

The Arrival is directed by the internationally renowned theatre director Bijan Sheibani. His recent theatre credits such as Barber Shop Chronicles at the National Theatre and Annie Baker’s Circle Mirror Transformation at Home Manchester won critical acclaim. In fact, Barber Shop Chronicles was greeted with full houses during its tour of Australia and New Zealand in 2017.

His awards include the James Menzies-Kitchen Award for Young Directors in 2003, the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre in 2008, Best International Production at the Barcelona Critics Circle Awards 2008, and a nomination for the 2017 Southbank Sky Arts Award for Best Opera. The Arrival is truly one of his masterpieces, and owing to the high demand for tickets and limited availability, booking early will ensure that you do not miss out on this spectacular production.

The Story

Tom has innumerable questions about his past, and somehow, they never seem to get answered satisfactorily. When he meets Samad on one fateful day, he is stunned by the similarities. Samad is nothing short of a reflection of Tom, from the way they move and think to their handwriting. For once, Tom feels he is getting closer to the murky depths of his life. As the two get to know each other better, however, their lives prove to be more intertwined than they first imagined. Will the reality of the past they uncover tear them apart or bring them closer together? Find out in this thrilling family drama penned by the legendary Bijan Sheibani!

Good for

Fans of Bijan Sheibani | Adult Audiences | Lovers of Family Dramas

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Show Details

The show will run from 21st November 2019 to 18th January 2020.

A captioned performance will be held on 10th December at 7.30 PM, and there will be an Audio Described Performance on 21st December at 2.30 PM.

Show Timings

Mon - Sat 7:30 PM
Wed & Sat 2:30 PM

To be confirmed

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Additional Info


Photo and video recording are not allowed during the show.

To be confirmed.

Available Facilities
In-house bar
Wheelchair accessible

The Bush Theatre has a seating capacity of 180.

Dress Code
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theater is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.

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