5 Off West End Award wins for the Orange Tree

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.

Casting announced for The Lottery of Love

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).

Directors' Festival plays announced

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.

Find out more about the Festival

Read the press release about the MA Theatre Directing course and the Festival

8 Offie nominations for the Orange Tree

6 February 2017

We're delighted to have 8 finalists in the Offie Award nominations for 2017.

Funding Update

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.

Cast announced for Low Level Panic

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.

Cast announced for Winter Solstice

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.

Cast announced for Christmas show Extra Yarn

14 November 2016

We're delighted to announce the cast for Extra Yarn, our enchanting Christmas show for everyone aged 3+

Spring 2017 season announced

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.


Casting announced for Somerset Maugham’s final play Sheppey

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.

Orange Tree has won UK Theatre Award for Most Welcoming Theatre in London

29 September 2016

We are delighted to have won the UK Theatre Award for Most Welcoming Theatre in London 2016.

Announcing Orange Tree Ambassadors

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.

Casting for Caryl Churchill's Blue Heart announced

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.


Orange Tree Theatre awarded £75,000 in Arts Council England funding over 3 years

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.

Cast announced for return of Terence Rattigan's French Without Tears

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. 

New Season Announced

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.

MA Theatre Directing course launched

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.

Cast announced for The Philanderer

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.

Cast announced for the world premiere of The Brink

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.

Cast announced for Robert Holman's German Skerries

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. 


Announcing Orange Tree Extras: theatre, comedy, music and more

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. 

Full casting announced for The Rolling Stone and Romeo & Juliet

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.



Giving Tuesday

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

Best Website Award winners

16 November 2015

We're delighted to have won the Best Website Award at the Richmond Business Awards 2015.

Winner of the Peter Brook Empty Space Award

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: 

Spring 2016 Season announced

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


UK Theatre Award wins

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.

Ned Bennett is nominated for Best Director for his production of Pomona at the OT, which has just played a sell-out run at the National Theatre and opens at the Royal Exchange Theatre on 29 October. 

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.


Cast announced for the return of The Distance

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. 

French Without Tears cast announced

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.

Play Mas nominated for the Alfred Fagon Audience Award

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. 

Cast announced for When We Were Women

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.


Autumn 2015 season announced

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.




Cast announced for new play buckets by Adam Barnard

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).

Cast announced for Doris Lessing's Each His Own Wilderness

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.