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Mike Bartlett and Will Self premieres feature in new Arcola Theatre season

A stage adaptation of Lola Shoneyin's novel and D H Lawrence will also feature in the season

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Mike Bartlett's first play, Not Talking, is to premiere in the new Arcola Theatre season.

The piece originally debuted as a radio play on the BBC in 2007 and won the Tinniswood Award. The stage production will be directed by James Hillier for theatre company Defibrillator and will run from 25 April to 2 June. It analyses the effects of truth and silence on relationships.

Bartlett said: "I am so pleased that Not Talking will have its first stage production with Defibrillator and James Hillier. The Arcola feels like the perfect home for it. As a play about memory, truth and injustice I hope it finds added resonance being performed now."

The season will also feature the world premiere of Patrick Marmion's stage adaptation of Will Self's 1997 novel Great Apes. The piece follows an artist who believes that everyone around him has been turned into chimpanzees. The show will be directed by Oscar Pearce and runs from 14 March to 21 April.

The adaptation of Lola Shoneyin's 2010 novel The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives will run from 7 June to 21 July. The new version is written by Nigerian playwright Rotimi Babatunde and is directed by Femi Elufowoju Jr. It follows Baba Segi's patriarchal household and the secrets that lie within it.

D H Lawrence's The Daughter-in-Law will be revived for the first time in London for over 15 years, directed by Jack Gamble. Set during the 1912 miners' strike, the piece is a family drama about a newlywed couple. It runs in the venue's Studio 2 from 23 May to 23 June.

The season will also see two new plays performed in the Studio 2. Marion Bott's Moormaid, which runs between 18 April and 19 May, examines the undercurrent of fear in the European youth. From 27 June to 28 July, Rabiah Hussain's Spun will explore the lives of two British Pakistani Muslim girls in East London.

The venue has also announced its new Young Arcola scheme – which will provide £10 tickets for people aged 26 and under.

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