Stream the Orange Tree’s THE FALSE SERVANT from 26 to 29 July

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Great news for theatre fans not yet ready to return in person. The Orange Tree’s much-praised production of Martin Crimp’s translation of Pierre Marivaux’s THE FALSE SERVANT is available to watch online on demand any time from Tuesday 26 July at 7.30pm BST right through until to Friday 29 July at 11.59pm BST.

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 earlier acclaimed production of Marivaux’s THE LOTTERY OF LOVE. Martin Crimp’s prolific international career began at the Orange Tree Theatre, including their recent hit revival of DEALING WITH CLAIR.

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

This streamed on demand performance will be available to watch from Tuesday 26 July at 7.30pm BST to Friday 29 July at 11.59pm BST and is available with captioning by Stagetext.

If you have any questions or problems, please read the frequently asked questions for advice.
Tickets are available at £15, £25, £32 – you are requested to pay what you can within these guidelines.

Book your streaming opportunity here


2022 JMK Award winner announced, will play at the Orange Tree

It has just been announced that the winner of this year’s JMK Award is
Indiana Lown-Collins with her proposed production of THE SOLID LIFE OF SUGAR WATER by Jack Thorne, designed by Ica Niemz.

The JMK award was established in memory of James Menzies-Kitchin, who was a young theatre director who died suddenly and unexpectedly at the age of 28, to encourage others to fulfil their potential as he had promised to do. The award does this by providing funding for a production selected by an emerging director. In the last few years, the Trust has teamed with the Orange Tree Theatre to provide a home for these productions, to great acclaim.

The winning production will be playing at the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond from 15th October.

Congratulations to all involved!

For more information about the JMK Trust and the JMK Award, click here

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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