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Orange Tree Theatre

1 Clarence Street, RICHMOND, Surrey, TW9 2SA
020 8940 3633

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Statements after an Arrest Under the Immorality Act
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Directed by Diane Page, winner of the JMK Award, a rare revival of Athol Fugard’s classic play about a multiracial relationship under threat in Apartheid South Africa.

As a director, Diane Page's credits include Out West (co-director), In Love and Loyalty (also as writer), Ghost Stories, Leave to Remain, Dick Whittington (Lyric Hammersmith), Yeggs (Wildcard Online), Love and Information (ArtsEd) and Krool Britannia (Rabbit Hole Theatre/Camden Fringe). Her credits as an associate director include Ghost Stories (Duke of York’s Theatre/UK tour); and as an assistant director, othellomacbeth (Lyric Hammersmith/HOME) and Bartholomew Fair (Shakespeare's Globe).

The OT produced the JMK Award winning production for the first time in 2019 with Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu directing a critically acclaimed production of Little Baby Jesus by Arinzé Kene.
“With this production director Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu – winner of the 2019 JMK Award – announces himself as a serious talent.” The Stage

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Nisha is a young hotshot executive working for Golden Fields, Australia’s largest producer of rice. Ambitious and headstrong, she’s determined to become the first female Indian CEO in Australia. She’s close to sealing a contract with the Indian government, which would see her company take over India’s national rice distribution system.

A secret deal worth billions.

Working late nights in the office she encounters Yvette, an older Chinese migrant, who cleans up her mess.

The two form a powerful – if unlikely – bond as they navigate the complexities of their lives and the world at large.

Brimming with wickedly humorous observations on globalisation, power, politics and family, this is the UK premiere of a powerful new play from Asian-Australian writer Michele Lee, which has won numerous awards including the Australian Writers’ Guild Award for Best Original Stage Play. Directed by Matthew Xia (Amsterdam, Blood Knot), Artistic Director of Actors Touring Company.

While the Sun Shines
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One of the most successful productions in Orange Tree history returns!
????? “Rollickingly good fun” The Reviews Hub
???? “Paul Miller’s delightful production fizzes with fun... Make hay with a glorious night of theatre.” Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard
????? “Delightful comedy” Essentially Surrey
???? “Comes up fresh as paint” The Guardian
???? “A lot of laughs... Miller’s production is one of immense charm.” The Stage
???? “So many laughs you might opt to see it twice.” London Theatre 1

On the eve of his wedding, the young Earl of Harpenden – Bobby to his friends – has offered his room to Joe, an American soldier he drunkenly met the night before. When Bobby’s fiancée Lady Elizabeth turns up, Joe makes a move, thinking she must be Bobby’s ex, the wonderful Mabel Crum. But a Free French lieutenant also has eyes for her... And to complicate matters, Bobby’s future father-in-law turns up too. London in the Blitz, and identities get confused: time to make hay...


Just one minute walk from Richmond Station


The bar at the theatre is open from an hour before the performance.

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The Orange Tree Theatre is a 180-seat theatre in Richmond, South-West London. It was specifically built in-the-round to suit the style of theatre it wanted to present. The venue was previously a disused primary school dating back to 1867, built in the Victorian Gothic style.

The theatre was established in 1971 by Sam Walters and Auriol Smith, in an intimate room above The Orange Tree pub opposite the present building. As the success of the company grew, they acquired the new venue and opened in 1991, 20 years after they established themselves. Walters has been acknowledged as one of the longest-serving theatre directors in London, having been the artistic lead of the Orange Tree for over 30 years (1971 to 2014).

The venue is well regarded by the theatrical community and has previously received funding and grants from various sources to enact the conversion of the venue. In 2003, the extension took place, renovating the neighbouring building (which was formerly a bank) into a space dedicated to rehearsals, set-building and costume storage.

The Orange Tree Theatre is recognised for its staging of new plays and the rediscovery of classics. Alongside its wide repertoire of professional works, the Orange Tree Theatre also has an educational participation programme which involves 10,000 people each year with the workings of the theatre.

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