September 2019 - January 2020 Season Announced

30 May 2019


Today Artistic Director Paul Miller and Executive Director Hanna Streeter announce what's coming up from September 2019 – January 2020 at the Orange Tree with over 4,000 tickets at £15.

The UK premiere of AMSTERDAM (6 Sep - 12 Oct) by award-winning Israeli playwright Maya Arad Yasur is a strikingly audacious thriller which awakens unsettling feelings of collective identity, foreignness and alienation. The play won the Jury Prize at Stueckemarkt 2018, held as part of Berliner Festpiele’s Theater Treffen. Matthew Xia (Blood Knot) returns to the OT to direct, in his first production as Artistic Director of ATC, in a co-production between them, the OT and Theatre Royal Plymouth. It will also tour in Spring 2020.

The JMK Award 2019 Award winner Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu directs a major revival of two-time Olivier Award nominee Arinzé Kene’s LITTLE BABY JESUS (18 Oct-16 Nov).

Artistic Director Paul Miller directs a rare revival of Bernard Shaw’s early comedy CANDIDA (22 Nov-11 Jan), following his acclaimed productions of Shaw’s Misalliance, The Philanderer and Widowers’ Houses at the OT.

Following a hugely successful run last year, CAN’T WAIT FOR CHRISTMAS! (14-29 Dec) created by Imogen Bond & Tarek Merchant returns – a festive show for ages 3+, which also play at Lighthouse, Poole.

£15.00 Under 30s tickets are available for all performances, continuing the OT’s commitment to make theatre affordable and accessible at any time.

Our prolific Education & Participation Programme, which has been a vital part of our community for over 30 years, works with 10,000 people of all ages every year; we make Shakespeare accessible for everyone, create engaging productions linked to lively curriculum enriching workshops, for Primary, Secondary and SEN schools; six youth theatre groups develop their communication and teamworking skills; and our over 60s group create their own performances inspired by what they see on our stage.

OT Extras – our popular series of performances of the best music, comedy and spoken word includes the return of Jonny and the Baptists with their new show Love Richmond Hate Bastards and Barb Jungr singing Bob Dylan and Jacques Brel; plus Life is for Living, a celebration of Noël Coward’s remarkable impact on British and American culture from performer Simon Green and pianist David Shrubsole. The Allegri Quartet also return with a new series of classical Sunday morning concerts.

Paul Miller, Artistic Director, says: “We have four extraordinary plays by writers Maya Arad Yasur, Arinzé Kene, Bernard Shaw, Imogen Bond and Tarek Merchant that will challenge, inspire and entertain us this autumn at the OT. I’m prouder than ever of this rich mix of work, that’s at the heart of our community and speaking to the world, and of the support we receive from so many different people: from individual patrons, Richmond Council and of course our audiences.”

In the five years since Paul Miller took over in 2014, the Orange Tree has won 27 industry awards, including three times winning London’s Most Welcoming Theatre at the UK Theatre Awards. During that time Alice Birch, Deborah Bruce, Elinor Cook, Zoe Cooper, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Rose Lewenstein, Alistair McDowall, Sarah McDonald-Hughes, and Joe White have all had London premieres at the Theatre, and major revivals from contemporary playwrights including Caryl Churchill, Jo Clifford, Martin Crimp, Doris Lessing, Mustafa Matura, Clare McIntyre and Sharman Macdonald

Our work has toured to 42 UK venues plus two transfers to the National Theatre with Pomona and An Octoroon. In the 2017-18 Season the OT achieved a record audience in Richmond and across the UK of nearly 90,000 people plus 10,000 taking part in the OT’s Education & Participation Programme.

OT Patrons and Members get priority booking from today (30 May)
Become a Member from just £2.50 a month and get priority booking and greater discounts

Public Booking opens Tuesday 11 June at 10am

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