"[Arrows & Traps] impeccably retells Shakespeare imaginatively, resourcefully and with a newfound will to make it accessible to new generations. I felt completely and utterly entertained: exhausted from being dragged through a range of emotions, along a narrative with more peaks and troughs than a theme park. No mean feat, and they do so with such conviction that their work is at once enticing, engaging and exciting, even to the old hats."
A YOUNGER THEATRE, The Winter's Tale
Welcome to Arrows & Traps Theatre Company.
We produce ambitious, alternative and unashamedly modern takes on classic texts through character-driven narratives, visual acuity and ensemble practices. The result is arresting, vivid and vibrant whilst being anchored in the original's language and intentions.
Our mission is to take a 400-year-old texts, literary prose masterpieces, and little-known narratives from history and turn them into intelligent popular entertainment for 21st Century audiences.
Our previous productions have garnered us 22 Off West End Award Nominations, including - Best Production, Best New Play, Best Director (II), Best Actor (II), Best Set Design, Best Choreography, Best Supporting Performance (VI), Video Design, Sound Design, Best Costume & On Comm Finalist.
In 2019, we were honoured to receive support from Arts Council England to begin touring our work nationally and subsequently to move into international streaming of our productions.
In 2020, we won Best Production for CHAPLIN: Birth of A Tramp at the Standing Ovations Awards for London Pub Theatres Magazines.
Since 2021, thanks to our streaming services, our work has been seen all over the world, by thousands of people.
We've been honoured to receive ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ reviews from WHATSONSTAGE, STAGE REVIEW, LONDONTHEATRE1, WEST END WILMA, THE UPCOMING, EVERYTHING THEATRE, LAST MINUTE THEATRE, BRITISH THEATRE, LONDON PUB THEATRES, FAIRY POWERED PRODUCTIONS, BREAKING THE FOURTH WALL, POCKET SIZE THEATRE, THE NEW CURRENT & REMOTEGOAT; and many other ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 & ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ reviews from publications such as PLAYS TO SEE, HIGHGATE & HAMPSTEAD EXPRESS, ACT DROP, BROADWAY WORLD, SPY IN THE STALLS, ENTERTAINMENT FOCUS, THE REVIEWS HUB, VIEW FROM THE GODS, LONDON CITY NIGHTS, FEMALE ARTS, HORROR CULT FILMS, LDN CARD, THEATRE FULL STOP.
We're humbled to have National Treasure Gyles Brandreth and two-time Olivier Award-Winner David Bedella as our patrons.
We promote an open, responsive and energised process in rehearsal with our actors and creatives, free from judgement, and we use a spectrum of physical techniques and musical inclusions, coupled with detailed text work to develop an emotional, physical short-hand.
Arrows & Traps strives to give you the best night out in live entertainment that you can get for under £20, using some of the greatest stories ever told, and telling them "in a way you've never seen before" (EVERYTHING THEATRE).
"Some Cupid kills with arrows,
others with traps"