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New Season at the Orange Tree Theatre

Published by: Carolin Kopplin on 6th Jun 2015 | View all blogs by Carolin Kopplin


Announcing Paul Miller’s second season as Artistic Director of the Orange Tree Theatre

  • 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 168-seat venue (90% capacity), with nearly 1 in 3 people new to the Theatre (45% for Pomona) and over 2,000 discounted seats sold to under 30s.
  • The season opens with the first major revival of Sharman Macdonald’s When We Were Women, in a co-production with Snapdragon, directed by their Artistic Director Eleanor Rhode (Toast at the Park Theatre, Teddy at Southwark Playhouse).
  • Paul Miller revives Terence Rattigan’s comedy French Without Tears, getting its first full-scale London revival in a generation.
  • Following a sell-out run in 2014, Deborah Bruce’s The Distance returns in a co-production with Sheffield Theatres where it opens.
  • £12 tickets available to under 30s across 50 performances.
  • Michael Morpurgo’s I Believe in Unicorns visits the OT for Christmas from Wizard
  • Also, the Orange Tree presents 75 performances this autumn elsewhere with Alistair McDowall’s Pomona at the National Theatre and the Royal Exchange Theatre, and The Distance in the Studio at Sheffield Theatres.
  • Richard Humphreys appointed Chair of the Board of Trustees and Kate Ellis Vice Chair.
  • The Orange Tree offers opportunities to emerging directors through the J.P. Morgan Award with the National Theatre Studio and with an MA in Directing in collaboration with St Mary’s University.
  • Take Part, the OT’s education and participation work involves over 20,000 people from the local community every year, including the return of Fun Palaces for a second time on 4 October after the phenomenal success of last year’s nationwide event.

Paul Miller comments: “I'm delighted to announce an autumn programme which is a classic Orange Tree mix of contemporary work and rare revivals. And two of last year's smash hits return: The Distance and Pomona. We are no longer regularly funded by the Arts Council but our spirit of adventure remains strong: more new work is in the pipeline for early in 2016 and we're really proud to be collaborating with Snapdragon, Sheffield Theatres, Wizard, the NT and the Royal Exchange to deliver this autumn's five exciting productions.” 

Priority booking for members opens from Mon 1 June at 10am

Public booking opens Wed 10 June at 10am

Box Office 020 8940 3633


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