New Season at Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond

Paul Miller announces his inaugural season as Artistic Director of the Orange Tree Theatre, London’s only permanent theatre-in-the-round venue, in Richmond, south London. The 2014-2015 season includes 7 productions from Sep 2014 to May 2015.

03 Sep to 04 Oct 2014
The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd
Written by DH Lawrence. Directed by Paul Miller. Scenic Design by Simon Daw.
Synopsis: Lizzie Holroyd is at the end of her tether - to stick with the life she's been dealt or to escape. But such a monumental decision means facing the consequences. Set in a tight-knit mining community in 1914, the prolific playwright and novelist DH Lawrence paints a powerful story of a working class woman on the edge.

08 Oct to 08 Nov 2014
The Distance
Written by Deborah Bruce. Directed by Charlotte Gwinner. Scenic Design by Signe Beckmann.
Synopsis: Good friends should be there for one another - no matter what. But when Bea returns home after three years abroad having made a bold choice about her life, old friends struggle to support her. Or even to understand. One night in Brighton, things threaten to slide into chaos... A comedy about motherhood (and fatherhood); about keeping control and letting go. Relationships are hard: long-term ones harder still. What does it take to really go the distance?

12 Nov to 13 Dec 2014
Written by Alistair McDowall. Directed by Ned Bennett. Scenic Design by Fly Davis.
Synopsis: Ollie's sister is missing. Searching Manchester in desperation, she finds all roads lead to Pomona, an abandoned concrete island at the heart of the city. Here at the centre of everything, journeys end and nightmares are born.

17 Dec 2014 to 31 Jan 2015
Widowers' Houses
Written by Bernard Shaw. Directed by Paul Miller.
Synopsis: When Harry met Blanche by the banks of the Rhine he knew he'd met his match. He just needed the approval of her father, the fearsome Sartorius. But is he quite what he appears? Back in London, Harry must face jeopardising his relationship with the fiery Blanche to uphold his moral standards. Cokane's wry remarks won't help: the cynical Lickcheese must sort it all out.

04 Feb to 07 Mar 2015
Little Light
Written by Alice Birch. Directed by David Mercatali.
Synopsis: A house by the sea. Teddy wants more light. He's knocked that staircase down. Alison is soaked through. She's livid. Clarissa's ready to burst. They can't keep meeting like this. A dark, volatile new play that asks if we can ever let go.

11 Mar to 11 Apr 2015
Play Mas
Written by Alice Birch. Directed by David Mercatali.
Synopsis: 1950s Port of Spain, Samuel, a young tailor's assistant, dreams of Trinidad's independence. On the eve of carnival everyone fills the streets, dressed up to play mas. This annual celebration turns to tragedy and spurs Samuel on to make a decision that will change the political landscape of the future of this vibrant, volatile island.

15 Apr to 16 May 2015
Each His Own Wilderness
Written by Doris Lessing. Directed by Paul Miller.
Synopsis: It's 1958. Tony, back from National Service disillusioned and dissatisfied, finds his mother still the political activist she's been since her since youth. To Myra, Tony's attitude is a mystery - where's the anger? Myra and her friend Milly's restless Bohemianism leads them to a complex, erotic entanglement with the younger generation and exposes fault-lines in their own generation's complacency. They're about to learn that the personal is political.

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