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List of forthcoming events for Orange Tree Theatre:

Two Billion Beats

Orange Tree Theatre

05 February 2022 - 05 March 2022
19:30

Seventeen-year-old Asha is an emphathetic rebel, inspired by historical revolutionaries and iconoclasts Sylvia Pankhurst and B R Ambedkar. She’s unafraid of pointing out the hypocrisy around her but less sure how to actually dismantle it

Meanwhile, her younger sister, Bettina, wide-eyed and naïve, is just trying to get through the school day without getting her pocket money nicked. When Bettina turns to her for help, Asha starts to ask what standing up for her political beliefs really looks like. Between essays, homework and bus journeys home the two sisters meet outside the school gates each afternoon, smarting at the injustice of the world around them and wondering how they can make it better.

Bouncing with wit, Sonali Bhattacharyya’s upbeat new play is a coming-of-age story about the unfairness of growing up in a world where you don’t make the rules. A blazing account of inner city British-Asian teenage life, this exhilarating world premiere asks what the cost of speaking up really is. Originally presented as a short play as part of the OT’s Inside/Outside livestreams in 2021.

Sonali Bhattacharyya was 2018 Channel 4 writer in residence at the Orange Tree, where she wrote Chasing Hares, winning the Sonia Friedman Production Award and Theatre Uncut Political Playwriting Award. Her credits include Megaball (National Theatre Learning), Slummers (Cardboard Citizens/ Bunker Theatre), 2066 (Almeida Theatre), The Invisible Boy (Kiln Theatre) and White Open Spaces (Pentabus Theatre – South Bank Show award-nominated).

Directed by Nimmo Ismail, whose work includes Glee & Me by Stuart Slade and The Christmas Star by Russell T Davies (both Royal Exchange Manchester), Fragments by Cordelia Lynn and My England by Somalia Seaton (both at Young Vic), and SNAP by Danusia Samal (The Old Vic).

“In Bhattacharyya’s entertaining play, two teenage sisters negotiate the battlefield of school while learning about the political battlefields of the past.” The Stage on Two Billion Beats as part of Inside/Outside

Currently social distancing is in place and mask wearing is mandatory at the theatre, this is subject to change in response to improved Covid-19 safety and up-to-date guidance will be sent to you at least 24 hours before your scheduled performance. If capacity for your booked performance is increased, you will be contacted ahead of time and offered another socially distanced performance for your comfort. 

Tue – Sat at 7.30pm (9 Feb at 7pm)

Thu & Sat at 2.30pm (from 12 Feb)

Also Mon 7 Feb at 7.30pm

Captioned Performance Tue 1 March 7.30pm

Audio Described Performance Thu 3 March 7.30pm

OT On Screen

Livestream Thu 24 Feb 7.30pm

On Demand Tue 8 – Fri 11 March


Tom Fool

Orange Tree Theatre

12 March 2022 - 16 April 2022
19:30

Every night Martha listens to the minute details of husband Otto’s day at the factory. He’s a man with big dreams, stuck in a job where he feels like a cog in the machine. Their teenage son Ludwig just wishes he had a job, or at least his own space, far far away from his parents.

They are each frustrated with a life they can’t seem to escape.

When money goes missing, a family on the brink hurtles over the edge, and Martha has to decide whether she will stay to pick up the pieces. A dark and unnervingly funny play about how capitalism creeps into the minutiae of one family’s life, just at the moment women started to change the rules of the game.

Franz Xaver Kroetz, Germany’s most frequently performed playwright, is the author of over 60 plays including The NestThrough the Leaves and Request Concert.

Director Diyan Zora was the winner of the 2021 Genesis Future Directors Award, directing Klippies by Jessica Sian at the Young Vic Theatre, and worked with Alexander Zeldin as an Associate Director on his plays Faith, Hope and Charity and Love at the National Theatre.

Image by Jesse Draxler

Currently social distancing is in place and mask wearing is mandatory at the theatre, this is subject to change in response to improved Covid-19 safety and up-to-date guidance will be sent to you at least 24 hours before your scheduled performance. If capacity for your booked performance is increased, you will be contacted ahead of time and offered another socially distanced performance for your comfort. 

Tue – Sat at 7.30pm (16 March at 7pm)

Thu & Sat at 2.30pm (from 19 March)

Also Mon 14 March at 7.30pm

Captioned Performance Tue 5 April 7.30pm

Audio Described Performance Tue 12 April 7.30pm

OT On Screen

Livestream Thu 7 April 7.30pm


The Misfortune of the English

Orange Tree Theatre

25 April 2022 - 28 May 2022
19:30

On the morning of 17 April 1936, a group of 27 schoolboys, led by their teacher and newly arrived in Nazi Germany, set out on the first of a seven-day walking tour of the Black Forest.

By 8pm that evening, local villagers were searching for them in a blizzard.

You did say you wanted to take the scenic route.

Inspired by true events: a story of (mis)adventure and blind optimism, nationhood, and courage in the face of disaster.

Pamela Carter’s work includes The End Of Eddy (Unicorn Theatre), LINES (Yard Theatre), and Paul Bright’s Confessions of a Justified Sinner (National Theatre of Scotland).

Following his critically acclaimed, award-winning production of The Sugar SyndromeOscar Toeman (Actually, Trafalgar Studios; After October, Finborough) returns to the Orange Tree to direct.

Currently social distancing is in place and mask wearing is mandatory at the theatre, this is subject to change in response to improved Covid-19 safety and up-to-date guidance will be sent to you at least 24 hours before your scheduled performance. If capacity for your booked performance is increased, you will be contacted ahead of time and offered another socially distanced performance for your comfort. 

Tue – Sat at 7.30pm (28 April at 7pm)

Thu & Sat at 2.30pm (from 30 April)

Also Mon 25 April at 7.30pm

Captioned Performance Tue 17 May 7.30pm

Audio Described Performance Thu 19 May 7.30pm

OT On Screen

Livestream: Thu 12 May 7.30pm

On demand: Tue 31 May – Fri 3 June


The False Servant

Orange Tree Theatre

08 June 2022 - 23 July 2022
19:30

When a man thinks he can cynically take a rich woman’s money and then run off with an even more lucrative potential fiancée, he’d best not tell the fiancée by mistake. Le Chevalier, a woman disguised as the son of an aristocrat, embarks on a plan that will expose the dark heart of this male power-play.

This version by Martin Crimp was acclaimed at its 2004 National Theatre premiere by The Telegraph“Thrills, chills, and belly laughs – this addictively adult comedy has got the lot.”

Paul Miller directs, following his acclaimed production of Marivaux’s The Lottery of LoveMartin Crimp’s prolific international career began at the Orange Tree Theatre, including our recent hit revival of Dealing with Clair.

“Marivaux’s scepticism, irony and fascination with money and sex make him seem peculiarly modern” The Guardian

“Paul Miller’s fleet-footed production has real charm” Evening Standard on The Lottery of Love

Note: The False Servant will have matinees on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 2.30pm from 16 June.

Currently social distancing is in place and mask wearing is mandatory at the theatre, this is subject to change in response to improved Covid-19 safety and up-to-date guidance will be sent to you at least 24 hours before your scheduled performance. If capacity for your booked performance is increased, you will be contacted ahead of time and offered another socially distanced performance for your comfort. 

Tue – Sat at 7.30pm (13 June at 7pm)

Tue, Thu & Sat at 2.30pm (from 16 June)

Captioned Performance Tue 12 July 7.30pm

Audio Described Performance Thu 14 July 7.30pm

OT On Screen

Livestream: Thu 7 July 7.30pm

On demand: Tue 26 – Fri 29 July


OT Community - Drama Classes for all ages

Orange Tree Theatre

21 October 2022 - 09 December 2022
09:30

In response to the past 18 months, which has seen an increase in isolation and a decline in mental health across the country, the programme aims to reflect what the theatre aims to build: a community.

OT Community will work with all ages from babies to over 60s. Community Groups will bring people together, build confidence, and provide an opportunity to have fun and create work together. The groups will meet as a full community throughout the year at Assemblies involving intergenerational sharing, workshops and finally in a community festival in 2022. After such a period of isolation, it gives an opportunity for everyone’s voice to be heard and allows the sharing of stories between generations.

We run sessions for all ages from Parents & Babies all the way to Over 60s and everything in between. For our class schedule, or if you'd like more information and would like to book for our classes, see our website via the links below. 

Early Years - Parents & Babies 

Youth Theatre 

Adult Groups 

All our Community theatre groups are inclusive and are for everyone - just come along and give it a go! 

If you'd like to get in contact directly or have any questions at all, please email Liam or Izzy at takepart@orangetreetheatre.co.uk 


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