February 2004: Rodney Ackland's 1932 play, Strange Orchestra is directed by previous trainee director Ellie Jones. The Orange Tree has contributed significantly to the revival of interest in Ackland's work, presenting The Dark River in 1984 and again in 1992 and Absolute Hell in 1988.
September 2004: The theatre revives Harley Granville Barker's first play The Marrying of Ann Leete, written when he was just 22, which hadn't been done since an RSC production in 1975. Another great revival of a hidden gem, prompting Michael Billington to write in The Guardian: "The real delight lies in the rediscovery of a major play by what is, in effect, the National Theatre of Surrey".
Jack Sandle and Octavia Walters in The Marrying of Ann Leete, 2004. Photo by Robert Day.Go back