14 September 2018
Joyce McMillan on Jo Clifford
When Losing Venice was first performed at the old Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket, 33 years ago, the playwright Jo Clifford was still John Clifford, a young and sometimes struggling playwright living near Edinburgh with the brilliant Scottish journalist and feminist campaigner Susie Innes, and their two little daughters. Both Jo and Susie had graduated from
St Andrews University a decade before, Jo with a brilliant degree in Spanish and Arabic; they had married in 1980, and in the intervening years, Jo had done many things to earn a living, including training as a psychiatric nurse, without ever abandoning her burning need to be a writer.
2 August 2018
The cast for Losing Venice is Remus Brooks (professional debut), Tim Delap (French Without Tears at OT, Jane Eyre at the National Theatre), Josh-Susan Enright (And The Rest of Me Floats at Birmingham Rep), Eleanor Fanyinka (Sweeney Todd at West Yorkshire Playhouse), Christopher Logan (The Merchant of Venice at Shakespeare's Globe), Florence Roberts (French Without Tears at the OT, BU21 at Theatre503 and Trafalgar Studios), David Verrey (Platonov, Ivanov and One Man, Two Guvnors for the National Theatre) and Dan Wheeler (Peter Pan at the National Theatre). Artistic Director Paul Miller directs.
21 June 2018
By Laura Collins Hughes
The store-bought birthday cake in Utility gets me every time: sliding to the kitchen floor still in its box, ruined on the eve of a little girl’s party.
8 June 2018
September 2018 - March 2019 at the Orange Tree
Major revivals of plays by Jo Clifford, Martin Crimp and William Congreve, alongside the world premiere of a play by Rose Lewenstein and a new family Christmas show feature in the first half of the fifth Orange Tree season from Artistic Director Paul Miller and Executive Director Sarah Nicholson.
18 April 2018
Joe White is an alumnus of the Orange Tree Writers Collective, part of the lifeblood of the OT, working to nurture exceptional talent. He was a member of the prestigious Old Vic 12, a group of the country's most highly regarded young writers, directors and producers. He was also selected to be the Channel 4 Playwright on Attachment at Pentabus Theatre Company.
Here he talks about his debut play Mayfly.
4 April 2018
Plays announced for the Directors’ Festival, showcasing three directors on the Orange Tree and St Mary’s University’s MA Theatre Directing. They feature a new play by Luke Barnes and revivals of plays by Ella Hickson and Nina Segal in repertoire from 13 - 21 July.
28 February 2018
We are proud to be able to announce the six writers who will be joining the Orange Tree for the rest of the season, as part of the theatre’s Writers Collective.
5 February 2018
Paul Bradley, Jonathan Broadbent, Selina Cadell, Rebekah Hinds, Belinda Lang and Christopher Ravenscroft will appear in the first major London revival of Humble Boy by Charlotte Jones, with previews from 8 March. Directed by OT Artistic Director Paul Miller, the production is designed by Simon Daw, with lighting design by Mark Doubleday and the sound designer and composer is Max Pappenheim.
2 February 2018
The Critics’ Circle Award, Channel 4 Playwrights Scheme, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, The Sonia Friedman Production Award, Evening Standard Theatre Award and Off West End Awards and nominations have all been given to playwrights working at the Orange Tree.
26 January 2018
Sally Messham is apppearing in the three Roundabout plays at the Orange Tree following a critically acclaimed tour including a run at the Edinburgh Fringe. The plays are Black Mountain by Brad Birch, Out Of Love by Elinor Cook and How To Be A Kid by Sarah McDonald-Hughes, which we've co-produced with Paines Plough and Theatr Clwyd.
24 January 2018
Hasan Dixon is apppearing in the three Roundabout plays at the Orange Tree following a critically acclaimed tour including a run at the Edinburgh Fringe. The plays are Black Mountain by Brad Birch, Out Of Love by Elinor Cook and How To Be A Kid by Sarah McDonald-Hughes, which we've co-produced with Paines Plough and Theatr Clwyd.
22 January 2018
Katie Elin-Salt is apppearing in the three Roundabout plays at the Orange Tree following a critically acclaimed tour including a run at the Edinburgh Fringe. The plays are Black Mountain by Brad Birch, Out Of Love by Elinor Cook and How To Be A Kid by Sarah McDonald-Hughes, which we've co-produced with Paines Plough and Theatr Clwyd.
16 November 2017
Announcing January to July 2018 at the Orange Tree Theatre
A world premiere, European premiere, 3 London premieres and a major contemporary revival form the second half of Artistic Director Paul Miller’s fourth season. Since taking over in 2014, the Orange Tree has won 18 industry awards, most recently London’s Most Welcoming Theatre at the UK Theatre Awards
23 October 2017
Following the reports and allegations of the last two weeks, first in America and, more recently, closer to home, we have come together to make clear that there can be no place for sexual harassment or abuse of power in our industry.
17 October 2017
Paul Miller directs Pip Donaghy (The Lottery of Love, Orange Tree), Tom Hanson (French Without Tears, OT), Rhys Isaac-Jones (Jess and Joe Forever, OT), Jordan Mifsúd (The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd, OT), Gabrielle Lloyd (The Lady in the Van, Theatre Royal Bath), Lara Rossi (Persuasion, Royal Exchange), Simon Shepherd (Posh, Royal Court/West End), Marli Siu (Much Ado About Nothing, Dundee Rep) and Luke Thallon (Albion, Almeida) in the first major revival in 30 years of one of Shaw’s most playful and inventive early comedies about class and Feminism. It follows his hugely successful productions of Shaw’s The Philanderer and Widowers’ Houses at the Orange Tree.
3 October 2017
An Octoroon by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins will transfer to the National Theatre in June 2018 following its extended critically acclaimed European premiere at the Orange Tree. It's directed by Ned Bennett, whose OT production of Alistair McDowall's Pomona played at the National Theatre in 2015.
11 September 2017
What I look for in a playwright is soul. What is soul? I guess it’s my shorthand for the real thing, the authentic, someone who writes from experience, and whose character’s scars are their own scars. A writer who learned to write by living and not by attending a Play Writing PhD. David Storey had soul.
1 August 2017
Alice Hamilton (Visitors and Eventide, Bush Theatre) returns to the Orange Tree following Robert Holman’s German Skerries to direct Sarah Belcher (Medea, Almeida; Twelfth Night, Filter/RSC), Ian Gelder (The Treatment, Almeida; Kevan Lannister in four series of Game of Thrones), Colin Tierney (The Father, Theatre Royal Bath/Tricycle), Connie Walker (Death of a Salesman, Northampton/tour) and Sue Wallace (Husbands and Sons, Emil and the Detectives, National Theatre).
21 June 2017
Casting is announced for a festival of five plays directed by students from the inaugural year of the Orange Tree Theatre and St Mary’s University’s MA in Theatre Directing. They are playing in repertoire from 20 to 29 July with all tickets £7.50.
15 June 2017
Today Artistic Director Paul Miller announces productions for September 2017 - March 2018 featuring new plays by Brad Birch, Elinor Cook, Sarah McDonald-Hughes and Lot Vekemans, major revivals of David Storey and Bernard Shaw, plus Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe, and a new family show Kika's Birthday by John & Danyah Miller. Plus Shakespeare for young people and OT Extras brings back Lemn Sissay and Barb Jungr and welcomes Martin Jarvis and Mark Lockyer.
25 May 2017
We are delighted that the National Theatre has selected the Orange Tree Theatre Connections Company to perform Alistair McDowall’s Zero for the Young Dudes! in the Olivier Theatre at the National on Monday 3 July.
18 April 2017
The cast for the European premiere of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ OBIE Award-winning play is Cassie Clare, Emmanuella Cole, Celeste Dodwell, Iola Evans, Ken Nwosu, Vivian Oparah, Alistair Toovey, and Kevin Trainor. They are joined by cellist James Douglas.
27 February 2017
We're delighted to have won five Offies. In the Twitter ceremony hosted by Patrick Stewart last night Chris Urch won Best New Play for The Rolling Stone, Zoe Cooper won Most Promising New Playwright for Jess and Joe Forever, John Ramm won Best Male for playing the title role in Sheppey, and Dickie Beau and Josh Dylan jointly won Best Supporting Male, also for for Sheppey.
20 February 2017
This article was written for the programme of Clare McIntyre’s Low Level Panic, playing until 25 March
In the mid-nineties, which was the bit before Tony Blair, and the bit before Things Can Only Get Better, so was effectively the Eighties, a vast survey was carried out. It was called What Women Want.
17 February 2017
Marivaux’s greatest comedy is translated by novelist John Fowles (The French Lieutenant’s Woman) to the Regency England of Jane Austen in this previously unseen version. Orange Tree Artistic Director Paul Miller directs Keir Charles (The Roaring Girl and The White Devil at the RSC), Pip Donaghy (Taken at Midnight at Chichester and Theatre Royal Haymarket), Claire Lams (One Man, Two Guvnors at the National Theatre, West End and Broadway), Dorothea Myer-Bennett (The Philanderer at the Orange Tree), Tam Williams (Sunny Afternoon and Chariots of Fire at Hampstead and in the West End) and Ashley Zhangazha (Human Animals, Belong and Truth and Reconciliation at the Royal Court).
9 February 2017
Announcing a festival of plays from 20 - 29 July, directed by students from the first year of the Orange Tree Theatre and St Mary’s University’s MA in Theatre Directing. Five plays by five directors playing in repertoire over 10 days with all tickets £7.50.
The plays are:
Albert’s Boy by James Graham, directed by Kate Campbell
Even Stillness Breathes Softly Against a Brick Wall by Brad Birch, directed by Hannah de Ville
The End of Hope by David Ireland, directed by Max Elton
Misterman by Enda Walsh, directed by Grace Vaughan
Wasted by Kate Tempest, directed by Jamie Woods
Priority booking for Members of the Orange Tree Theatre is now open.
Public booking opens 15 February 10.00am.
26 January 2017
Artistic Director Paul Miller, Executive Director Sarah Nicholson and Chair of the Board Richard Humphreys issue a statement on the future of funding at the Orange Tree Theatre
We wanted to give all those with an interest in the future of the Orange Tree an update on our funding. The last two and a half years have seen plenty of good news at the OT with consistently strong audience figures averaging 85% capacity, including very high numbers of newcomers and under 30s. Our reach also extends to the active engagement with 10,000 young people each year through our Education and Participation programme. We have won 11 major industry awards. And in 2016 alone our work played in 24 other towns and cities.
4 January 2017
The cast for the first major revival of Clare McIntyre’s Low Level Panic, directed by Chelsea Walker, is Sophie Melville, Katherine Pearce and Samantha Pearl.
28 November 2016
The cast for the UK premiere of Roland Schimmelpfennig’s new play which explores the resurgence of the far right is Kate Fahy, Nicholas Le Prevost, Laura Rogers, Dominic Rowan and Milo Twomey. Winter Solstice is a co-production with Actors Touring Company it is directed by their Artistic Director Ramin Gray.
10 November 2016
Paul Miller announces the remaining productions in his third season as Artistic Director of the Orange Tree. Plus the launch of the :DISCOVER campaign, with match funding from Arts Council England from the Catalyst:Evolve programme. In 2015-16 the Orange Tree had its biggest ever audience with 68,657 tickets sold nationwide. 27% visited for the first time. Full details in the OT’s Annual Review which can be downloaded here. This autumn alone the OT has toured Elsewhere to 21 other towns and cities.
21 October 2016
John Ramm will play the title role in Sheppey, the first major production in over 50 years of Somerset Maugham’s warm-hearted, beguiling last play. It is directed by Artistic Director Paul Miller, following his hugely popular revivals of plays by Bernard Shaw, Terence Rattigan, Doris Lessing and DH Lawrence. Joining John Ramm in the cast are Sarah Ball, Dickie Beau, Josh Dylan, Geff Francis, Brendan Hooper, Katie Moore and Tom Peters.
28 September 2016
The Orange Tree Theatre announces fourteen new Ambassadors – leading figures in the Arts and beyond – who will champion the work of the Theatre. They are Michael Attenborough, Samantha Bond and Alex Hanson, Gyles and Michele Brandreth, Judith Coke, Peter Davison and Elizabeth Heery, Philip Glenister and Beth Goddard, Baroness Susan Kramer, Sally Phillips, Paulette Randall and Fionn Whitehead.
16 August 2016
Tobacco Factory Theatres and the Orange Tree Theatre are delighted to be embarking on a new co-producing partnership to stage the first major revival of Caryl Churchill’s Blue Heart. Tobacco Factory Theatres and Orange Tree Theatre are thrilled to make the link between the two organisations as they each expand their individual in-house production portfolios. Blue Heart brings both organisations together to work again with key creatives David Mercatali and Angela Davies, who have worked on previous projects with both organisations.
27 July 2016
Today Arts Council England announced an award of £75,000 over 3 years to the Orange Tree Theatre as part of the Catalyst: Evolve fund. This investment will enable the OT to revolutionise its fundraising with the aim to increase its fundraised income by 159% by the end of June 2019.
26 May 2016
Tim Delap, Ariane Gray, Ziggy Heath, Alex Large, Florence Roberts, Beatriz Romilly and Alistair Toovey join original cast members Joe Eyre and David Whitworth in the return of Paul Miller's sell-out production of Terence Rattigan’s sparkling 1936 comedy at the Orange Tree for just 33 performances from 30 June followed by a UK tour in Autumn 2016 with English Touring Theatre to Exeter, Harrogate, Barnstable, Cheltenham, Doncaster, Oldham, Warwick, Poole and Huddersfield.
5 May 2016
Paul Miller's third season as Artistic Director of the Orange Tree Theatre features the first major revivals of Caryl Churchill's Blue Heart and Somerset Maugham's last play Sheppey, plus the English language premiere of Roland Schimmelpfennig's Winter Solstice, Zoe Cooper's new play Jess and Joe Forever and Mac Barnett's children's story Extra Yarn adapted by Elinor Cook for Christmas, plus French Without Tears returns prior to a national tour.
22 April 2016
St Mary’s University, Twickenham London, in collaboration with the Orange Tree Theatre are launching an MA in Theatre Directing.
This course – the only one of its kind in the UK – to be predominantly housed in a producing theatre sees MA students based at the multi-award winning Orange Tree Theatre and is designed to explore the art and techniques of theatre directing within the context of contemporary theatre making.
11 April 2016
Rupert Young will play Leonard Charterris, the philanderer of the title in Bernard Shaw's early comedy about a man in love with two women. Joining him in the cast are Helen Bradbury, Joe Idris-Roberts, Michael Lumsden, Dorothea Myer-Bennett, Christopher Staines, Mark Tandy and Paksie Vernon. The production is directed by Paul Miller, following his acclaimed sell-out production of Shaw's first play Widowers' Houses.
2 March 2016
Alice Haig, Vince Leigh, Shvorne Marks and Ciarán Owens will appear in the world premiere of Brad Birch's new play The Brink, directed by Mel Hillyard as recipient of the J.P. Morgan Emerging Director Award 2015.
27 January 2016
George Evans, Henry Everett, Katie Moore and Howard Ward will appear in the first major revival of Robert Holman's 1977 play German Skerries from 3 March. Directed by Alice Hamilton it is a co-production with award-winning touring company Up in Arms who produced Barney Norris' Eventide and Visitors, which picked up nine Off West End Award nominations between them. It will then go on tour in the round to Reading Rep, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Dukes Theatre Lancaster and Hull Truck Theatre.
14 January 2016
Continuing our new series of one-night theatre, comedy, music and spoken word events, we announce a week of Orange Tree Extras from 24 - 27 February, featuring Barb Jungr, Tim Crouch, Wendy Cope, Dickie Beau, Simon Lipkin, Jon Robyns and Giles Terera. A series of intimate, close-up performances from theatremakers, singers and poets making their Orange Tree debuts.
9 December 2015
Faith Alabi, Fiston Barek, Jo Martin, Julian Moore-Cooke, Faith Omole and Sule Rimi will appear in the London premiere of Chris Urch’s acclaimed play The Rolling Stone directed by Ellen McDougall from 14 January while David Ahmad, Lia Burge, Maria Gray, Tony Hasnath, Tanya Lattul and John Leader appear in our Shakespeare Up Close production of Romeo & Juliet directed by Gemma Fairlie from 27 January. The two productions play in repertoire until 20 February.
1 December 2015
#GivingTuesday (1st December in 2015) is a global celebration of giving. After the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, #GivingTuesday is an opportunity to come together and give something back to the charities close to your heart.
So whether you have taken advantage of this year’s sales, or avoided the experience altogether, please demonstrate your support this #GivingTuesday for the Orange Tree.
30 November 2015
Following a sell-out run, Paul Miller's critically-acclaimed production of Rattigan's French Without Tears returns to the Orange Tree and will tour the UK with English Touring Theatre
3 November 2015
We're delighted to have won the 2015 Peter Brook Empty Space Award! This follows 2 UK Theatre Awards and 5 Off West End Awards this year.
The award recognises smaller theatre spaces for their pioneering concepts and innovations. Voted for by leading critics, The Telegraph's Dominic Cavendish said at the Awards ceremony:
22 October 2015
The Orange Tree's new season features plays by Chris Urch, Robert Holman, Brad Birch and Bernard Shaw, directed by Ellen McDougall, Alice Hamilton, Mel Hillyard and Artistic Director Paul Miller
19 October 2015
The Orange Tree has been nominated for 2 UK Theatre Awards recognising outstanding achievement in regional theatre. You can also vote for us now as Most Welcoming Theatre until 25 September.
Joel MacCormack is nominated for Best Performer in a Play for Doris Lessing's Each His Own Wilderness, which was directed by Artistic Director Paul Miller in April 2015.
18 September 2015
Charlotte Gwinner directs Michelle Duncan (Grantchester, Call The Midwife, Luther, Atonement) as Bea, with Charlotte Emmerson (From Darkness, DCI Banks, Peak Practice) as Alex. Returning to the roles they played in the original production of The Distance at the Orange Tree Theatre, Daniel Hawksford (Waking The Dead, Colditz) plays Dewi and Timothy Knightley (The Inbetweeners 2) returns to the role of Simon. Charlotte Lucas (Jamaica Inn, Not Going Out) plays Kate, Steven Meo (Drifters, The Slate) plays Vinnie and, in his professional stage debut, Joshua Sinclair-Evans, plays Liam.
4 September 2015
In its first full London run in a generation, Orange Tree Artistic Director Paul Miller directs Laila Alj, William Belchambers, Alex Bhat, Joe Eyre, Genevieve Gaunt, Tom Hanson, Patrick McNamee, David Whitworth and Sarah Winter.
2 September 2015
The Alfred Fagon Award is launching the Alfred Fagon Audience Award to recognize and celebrate the depth of talented Black British playwrights of Caribbean and African descent writing in Britain today.
31 July 2015
Abigail Lawrie makes her stage debut as Isla following her acclaimed performance in JK Rowling's The Casual Vacancy on BBC One. In the first major revival of Sharman Macdonald's play, Lorraine Pilkington (Monarch of the Glen, Outnumbered) and Steve Nicolson (Toast at the Park Theatre, War Horse in the West End) play her parents Maggie and Alec, with Mark Edel-Hunt (Chariots of Fire in the West End, Call the Midwife on TV) as Mackenzie and Sarah-Jayne Butler (Thark at Park Theatre, This House at the National Theatre) as Cath.
27 May 2015
Artistic Director Paul Miller announces a season of collaborations, rediscoveries and new work, building on the success of his inaugural season which attracted over 40,000 people to the Orange Tree, with nearly 1 in 3 people new to the Theatre (45% for Pomona) and over 2,000 discounted seats sold to under 30s.
23 April 2015
The Orange Tree’s commitment to new writing alongside rare revivals continues with Adam Barnard’s new play buckets. The final play in Paul Miller’s first season as Artistic Director follows hit productions of Alistair McDowall’s Pomona (transferring to the National Theatre and Royal Exchange in the Autumn) and Deborah Bruce’s The Distance (returning to the Orange Tree in a co-production with Sheffield Theatres, playing in the Crucible Studio).
12 March 2015
Artistic Director Paul Miller announces the cast for his production of Each His Own Wilderness will be Susannah Harker, Rosie Holden, Clare Holman, John Lightbody, Joel MacCormack, Roger Ringrose and Josh Taylor.