Watch the Orange Tree’s THE MISFORTUNE OF THE ENGLISH online for a limited period

From May 31st to June 3rd, the Orange Tree in Richmond, London’s acclaimed production of Pamela Carter’s THE MISFORTUNE OF THE ENGLISH is available to watch on demand online.

Guten Tag meine Herren und Frauen von Deutschland. We have travelled here from London, England. You may have heard of it.

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.

Author Pamela Carter’s previous work includes the excellent THE END OF EDDY (Unicorn Theatre), LINES (Yard Theatre), and PAUL BRIGHT’S CONFESSIONS OF A JUSTIFIED SINNER  (National Theatre of Scotland). Director Oscar Toeman’s previous work at the Orange Tree has included the multi award-winning THE SUGAR SYNDROME (review here).

Watch online any time from Tuesday 31 May at 7.30pm BST until Friday 3 June 2022 at 11.59pm BST. Tickets available from £15

Find more information and book here


Orange Tree’s TOM FOOL livestreams on April 7th

Anna Francolini, Jonah Rzeskiewicz  and Michael Shaeffer in Tom Fool at the Orange Tree theatre.
Anna Francolini, Jonah Rzeskiewicz and Michael Shaeffer in Tom Fool at the Orange Tree Theatre. Photograph: Richard Davenport via the theatre’s website.

Franz Xaver Kroetz is Germany’s most produced playwright. The Orange Tree in Richmond is currently staging a well-reviewed production of his play TOM FOOL, which is being made available to home audiences via a livestream on Thursday April 7th at 7.30pm BST.

I’d like to climb out of my skin, if I could.

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.

With tickets from just £15.00, if you can’t get to the Orange Tree in person, this is a great way of keeping in touch with their high-quality work in their 50th year of operation. Captioning and audio description are available for those who require these services.

More information and booking here


Orange Tree’s four-star WHILE THE SUN SHINES offers opportunities to view in January online

Those who were not able to get to see the Orange Tree’s excellent production of Rattigan’s biggest hit should be gearing up to buy tickets to stream this acclaimed production from home. Tickets start from £15. This production reunites the majority of the excellent cast seen in the Orange Tree’s first run of this production in mid-2019.

The Orange Tree’s On-demand service means that you can watch online any time from Friday 21 January at 7.30pm GMT to Monday 24 January at 11.59pm GMT.

The performance runs approximately 2 hours and 25 minutes. Captioning and audio description are also available.

The show is highly-recommended. You can read my four-star review of the 2019 production here.

Book for WHILE THE SUN SHINES here


Orange Tree’s RICE available online for limited time

RICE at the Orange Tree (photo courtesy Helen Murray)

The Orange Tree Theatre is giving you a chance to see Michele Lee’s powerful new play on demand from 16 to 19 November.

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. Yvette has her own entrepreneurial ambitions, but her daughter faces court after participating in a protest against the unethical practices of a national supermarket chain. 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, 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.

RICE is a co-production with Actors Touring Company, whose Artistic Director Matthew Xia also directs.

The show runs approximately 95 minutes and tickets are available from £15.

This streamed performance will be available to watch online on demand from 16 November at 7.30pm GMT to 19 November at 11.59pm GMT. BOOK HERE

RICE will also go out on tour in early 2022.


Dame Judi Dench in conversation

Filmed a few months ago at Richmond’s Orange Tree Theatre, here is a chance to see and hear one of our national theatre treasures, Dame Judi Dench, in conversation about her life and career.

Presented as a fundraiser for the Orange Tree, the 90-minute recording is now available to rent for just £4.99, which will go towards the theatre’s fund to ensure its survival and reopening after the current crisis has passed. The recording is available to view until May 31st.

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