1981: In the theatre's 10th Birthday season, Anthony Clark joins as an Arts Council-funded trainee director, and stays for a second year to set up the first Shakespeare tour to schools in 1982. He also writes a number of plays which are perfomed at the Orange Tree, the first being Wake in 1982. Anthony Clark later went on to be Artistic Director of Hampstead Theatre.
October 1981: Georges Feydeau's play Fitting for Ladies is the first farce to be performed 'doorless' at the theatre, a tradition that contiues for over three decades. Director Sam Walters decided to have his actors mime the opening and closing of the doors and a visible stage manager creating the sound effects live - neatly getting around the problem of obstructed sightlines when too many doors are used in the round.
Victoria Burton in Wake, 1982.