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peddling - Arcola Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING sold-out performances at HighTide Festival 2014 and 59E59, New York City, peddling receives its London premiere at the Arcola Theatre. Written and performed by Harry Melling, and directed by the Artistic Director of HighTide, Steven Atkinson, it runs from March 4 to March 28, 2015.

going house to house,
door to door -
knock knocking -
professional doorstep hopping,
hoping that someone might show an interest.

The earth grumbles. Growling. Rising. The city street-lamps flicker up. We’re in a field somewhere in London. A pedlar boy awakes lying on the grass, in his hand a firework. How did he get here? To answer that question he must venture back to the very start via the doorsteps of privileged London and the cracks that swallow thousands of young Londoners every year.

Steven Atkinson said: “Following Nick Payne’s Incognito, I’m delighted to be bringing another hit to London following its premiere at HighTide Festival 2014. The Arcola has a sterling track record for supporting innovative work and new artists, which makes it perfect for Harry’s debut play.”

Harry Melling’s acting credits in theatre include: The Angry Brigade (Paines Plough/UK Tour); King Lear (Chichester Festival Theatre/BAM New York); The Hothouse and When Did You Last See My Mother? (Trafalgar Studios); Smack Family Robinson (Rose Theatre Kingston); I Am a Camera (Southwark Playhouse); School For Scandal (Barbican Theatre/Holland Theatre Festival); and Women Beware Women and Mother Courage and Her Children (National Theatre).

As well as playing Dudley Dursley in the Harry Potter films, he has appeared on television in Joe Mistry, Garrow’s Law, Merlin, Just William and Friends and Crocodiles.

HighTide will be staging a Gala Performance of peddling on Thursday, March 19, where some of the proceeds will go to Kids Company’s Playwriting and Performance course to help support vulnerable young people and their writing work. HighTide are pleased to have been associated with this course for the past two years.

For more information, call the box office on 020 7503 1646 or visit

Also at the Arcola: the 20th anniversary production of Philip Ridley’s contemporary classic Ghost From A Perfect Place (until October 11, 2014) and a new production of The Rivals, directed by Selina Cadell and starring Gemma Jones as Mrs Malaprop (October 15 to November 15, 2014).