May 2005: The theatre hosts Scarborough's Stephen Joseph Theatre Company in the world premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's 67th and latest play Private Fears in Public Places, directed by Ayckbourn himself, which plays to packed houses.

October 2005: David Lewis writes a new play, Monkey's Uncle about a playwright writing a play about the great farceur Georges Feydeau which was inspired by, and celebrating, the Orange Tree's tradition of doorless farces.

Christmas 2005: the theatre celebrates the work of James Saunders, a great supporter and friend of the Orange Tree who had died earlier in the year. His full length play A Journey to London (a play abondoned half way through by John Vanbrugh, which Saunders wittily completed) along with two double bills of short plays, Bye Bye Blues with Double Double, and Games with After Liverpool, making up a short season played in tribute to the playwright.

Paul Kemp in Monkey's Uncle, 2005. Photo by Robert Day.

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