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About Oleanna

Just opened at the Arts Theatre to extraordinary reviews.

One of the most controversial and celebrated plays of the last thirty years has returned to the West End in an explosive new production by Lucy Bailey.

More relevant than ever in the #MeToo era, Oleanna brilliantly explores the consequences of a sexual harassment claim made by a female student against her male college professor.

***** ‘A thrilling revival…stunning performances…utterly of the moment’ Times

***** ‘A brilliant revival of a masterpiece…this is theatre at its most riveting, sensationally performed by its actors’ Guardian

***** ‘Mamet’s masterpiece…theatre is seldom this riveting or timely’ Sunday Times

***** ‘Rosie Sheehy…this year’s stand out performance’ Metro

**** ‘the show of the year…Jonathan Slinger is magnificent’ Daily Telegraph

**** ‘a crackling, intelligent production…two meticulous, masterclass performances from Jonathan Slinger and Rosie Sheehy’ Evening Standard

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Whether it’s school, university or just through hearsay, we’ve all had our favourite professors. But, what would have happened if that relationship became sour, affecting both of your personal and professional lives forevermore? That’s what happens in Oleanna, as Carol, a female student, files a claim of sexual harassment against John, her male teacher. Their bitter feud escalates to a dramatic conclusion, but can John listen to others? Or will narcissism reign supreme in an academic environment that supposedly champions dialogue? Book Oleanna tickets in London now.

The Oleana play is an educational drama that explores the role of gender and power in wider society. Now, for a 21st century revival, Oleanna has now been adapted to take the #MeToo movement into account. Oleanna transfers from Theatre Royal Bath to the Arts Theatre for a limited engagement in summer 2021.

What to Watch For

  • Oleanna is written by David Mamet. David Mamet is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright whose other plays include Glengarry Glen Ross and Speed-the-Plow.
  • Oleanna in London was last at the Garrick Theatre in 2004. The last time audiences saw Oleanna in London, the show starred Aaron Eckhart and Julia Stiles.
  • An Oleanna film was released in 1994, both written and directed by David Mamet. William H. Macy and Debra Eisenstadt starred in the two-hander, but did not receive great critical success.
  • Lucy Bailey directs Oleanna at the Arts Theatre. Bailey has previously directed the Witness for the Prosecution play at London County Hall and Switzerland at the Ambassadors Theatre.
Start date

July 20th, 2021

End date

October 23rd, 2021




Arts Theatre


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