“One of London's most historically significant new writing theatres re-discovered for a new generation...First place I ever attended a writing workshop.” Simon Stephens

The Orange Tree aims to challenge, move and amaze with a bold and continually evolving mix of new and re-discovered plays in our unique in-the-round space. We’d like to change lives by telling remarkable stories from a wide variety of times and places, filtered through the singular imagination of our writers and the remarkable close-up presence of our actors.

We have presented new plays by writers in formative moments of their careers, and provoked radical re-evaluations of others by revisiting earlier work. New plays by Alice Birch, Alistair McDowall and Deborah Bruce and have sat alongside early plays by Doris Lessing, Bernard Shaw and Robert Holman, amongst many others. 
We are committed to providing a home for establishing playwrights by offering opportunities to develop, make connections and have their work seen through our Writers Collective,.

Unsolicited Script Submissions
The Literary Department is run by a small part-time team, and as a result we are not in a position to accept unsolicited submissions of work throughout the year. If you would like to invite us to see your work you can email

Writers Collective
“Such an important part of my writing life”
Isley Lynn, Writers Collective member 2013-14

The Orange Tree Writers Collective meets throughout the season to share techniques, opinions and obsessions, and develop their crafts alongside the main programme. Selected writers have access to unique opportunities to develop their work. They have generally had one or more plays professionally produced. 

Applications for the 2016-17 Writers Collective are now closed.

For more information please contact Guy Jones, Literary Associate:

Photo: Director Ned Bennett in rehearsals with actors Guy Rhys and Sam Swann for Alistair McDowall's new play Pomona, which transferred to the National Theatre and Royal Exchange Theatre. Photo by Manuel Harlan.