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

photo by The Other Richard

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


Mint Theatre streams free a rediscovered play by Miles Malleson

Miles Malleson, photo credit unknown

If he is remembered at all today, Miles Malleson would be best remembered for the numerous film and theatre roles in which he seemed to perpetually play dithering vicars or absent-minded petty officials in British comedy films from the 1930s to the 1960s. His charming expressions of befuddled Britishness made him a much-loved (and often working) actor.

But what is less remembered about the man that he was also a produced writer and translator of plays, particularly of those by Moliere. He also adapted for the stage works including short stories by Tolstoy and Chekhov. In the thirties and forties Malleson also contributed to many film screenplays, some of which he had small acting parts in.

After his death in 1969, his work became increasingly forgotten, especially as a writer. Until Mint Theater came across his work, over forty years later.

Mint Theater Company is a company based in New York, established in 1992, which stages rediscoveries of unjustly-forgotten works. One could could think of Mint as the American equivalent of London’s mighty Finborough Theatre in its work to revive plays worth seeing again.

Mint Theatre staged Malleson’s YOURS UNFAITHFULLY (1933) in 2016/7 to much acclaim, and followed this with staging his play CONFLICT (1925) in 2018.

CONFLICT is now available on demand until July 10 for free in the USA and UK. Please check for availability in other countries.

The recorded play lasts for 1 hour 52 minutes.

Directed by Jenn Thompson, the play follows Lady Dare Bellingdon, who craves something more. Unwilling to commit to Sir Major Ronald Clive, a Conservative standing for Parliament whose values don’t extend to his sexual relationship with Bellingdon, she ends up caught between Clive and his political opponent, the passionate and crusading Tom Smith in the work set in 1920s London. The play features two of Malleson’s favourite subjects for drama, sex and politics.

Recorded live in June 2018, with a three-camera HD setup, the production features Jessie Shelton as Lady Dare Bellingdon, Jeremy Beck as Tom Smith, and Henry Clarke as Sir Major Ronald Clive.

“We know there are many theatre lovers out there who are not in New York or are not ready to attend live performances, so we’re happy to share this wonderful production, which shares a director, set designer, and two actors with our current production of Chains by Elizabeth Baker,” says Mint Production Artistic Director Jonathan Bank. “Our national streaming audience was vitally important to us in 2020 and 2021 and we won’t abandon them now that we’re back to producing live performances.”

To watch CONFLICT and find out more, click here

“AN IMMACULATELY WELL-MADE, COMPREHENSIVELY SATISFYING PIECE OF THEATER, OLD-FASHIONED IN STYLE WITHOUT FEELING AT ALL DATED, AND THE MINT’S PRODUCTION, DIRECTED BY JENN THOMPSON AND FEATURING AN ENSEMBLE CAST OF SUPREME MERIT, IS BEYOND PRAISE.” – Terry Teachout, Wall Street Journal


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


Watch Olivier-winning CONSTELLATIONS online

Great news for anyone who missed this show in-person or online, or who fancies trying some acclaimed drama from the comfort of their own home this holiday season. All four casts of Michael Longhurst’s Olivier Award-winning revival of Nick Payne’s CONSTELLATIONS are once again available to watch online until 25 May 2022.

Home viewers can now watch one, or all, of the four star casts of this show on demand via the Donmar’s dedicated platform ondemand.donmarwarehouse.com 

Four different casts take turns to journey through the multiverse and the infinite possibilities of a relationship; each refracting the play in their own unique way. The four casts are: Sheila Atim & Ivanno Jeremiah, Peter Capaldi & Zoë Wanamaker, Omari Douglas & Russell Tovey, and Anna Maxwell Martin & Chris O’Dowd.

Each production is now £7.50 to rent and households can watch the show for 24 hours from the time of purchase; or choose the multi buy of all 4 for £20, available for 14 days. Captioned and audio described versions are available in partnership with Stagetext and VocalEyes.

Watch CONSTELLATIONS here



Bush’s five-star RED PITCH streams globally in May

From 9 to 14 May, the Bush Theatre’s critically-acclaimed story of football, brotherhood and gentrification returns, filmed live at the Bush Theatre and available to stream to your living room.

Watch the trailer here

The way they’re changing endz is nuts.’

Red Pitch. South London. Three lifelong friends Omz, Bilal and Joey are playing football. Like they always have. Living out dreams of football stardom. Beyond their football pitch, local shops are closing, old flats are being demolished as new flats shoot up, some residents struggle to stay while others rush to leave. When a small football pitch has been a home from home, a place where you’ve laughed, fought and forged friendships, what happens when it’s under threat?

★★★★★ “Remarkable. A next-level coming-of-age story.” The Stage

Tyrell Williams’ play tells a powerful story about gentrification versus regeneration and the impact of this relentless change upon London’s communities.

Kedar Williams-Stirling (Sex Education), Emeka Sesay (Top Boy) and Francis Lovehall (Small Axe), star in director Daniel Bailey’s production.

You can book tickets from £10. Shows start at 7.45pm evenings (9-14) and 2.45pm for matinee on Sat 14. Shows on 11 (eve) and 14 (mat) are Audio Described.

Please note that the show is streaming worldwide, so you can watch it from anywhere, just check the start time in your time zone. The performances will begin promptly at 2:45pm or 7:45pm. During the broadcast, the show cannot be paused, but after the performance has finished, the film will be available to you to watch on demand for 48 hours from the date and time selected.

For more information, and to book, please click here