Orange Tree artistic director Paul Miller will direct Claire Price and Zubin Varla in the UK premiere of Poison by Dutch writer Lot Vekemans following huge European success and a critically acclaimed New York run. Poison runs at the Orange Tree from Thursday 2 November to Saturday 2 December 2017.
Price and Varla play a couple separated for seven years following the tragic death of their child. They are reunited for a difficult meeting in an extraordinary play that asks a simple question: is it ever possible to move on?
Lot Vekemans’ plays include Sister, Judas and Wrong which all premiered in her native Holland. Her plays have been translated in more than 15 languages and have been staged successfully in more than 20 countries around the world. Her first novel A Wedding Dress from Warsaw was published in 2012.
Paul Miller has directed the world premieres of new plays by Dennis Kelly, Richard Bean, Roy Williams, Lin Coghlan, Tanika Gupta and Simon Bent. He has been Artistic Director of the Orange Tree Theatre since 2014, where his productions include The Lottery of Love by Marivaix, translated by John Fowles, Sheppey by Somerset Maugham, French Without Tears by Terence Rattigan, The Philanderer and Widowers’ Houses by Bernard Shaw, Each His Own Wilderness by Doris Lessing, and The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd by DH Lawrence. He will direct Bernard Shaw’s Misalliance in December.
Claire Price’s theatre credits include Things We Do For Love (Theatre Royal Bath/UK tour); The Winter’s Tale, The Daughter in Law, Company, The Pride, Mean Tears, The Tempest, Richard III and Much Ado About Nothing (Sheffield Crucible); Fifty Words (Ustinov, Bath/Arcola); The Way of the World (Chichester); Little Platoons (Bush); The Power of Yes, The Relapse and Cyrano de Bergerac (National Theatre); Mary Stuart (Clwyd Theatr, Cymru); Private Lives (Hampstead); The White Devil (Menier); The Lady from the Sea (Birmingham Rep); Brand (RSC/Haymarket); Ursula (The Wrestling School). TV includes Home Fires, Call The Midwife, Casualty, Capital, The Coroner, The Outcast, Apparitions, London’s Burning, The Knock, Whistleblower, Midsomer Murders, Twelfth Night, Poirot, Dalziel and Pascoe and Rebus. Films include The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Jump, Hereafter, Cuckoo.
Zubin Varla’s theatre includes The Unknown Island (Gate Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe); Measure for Measure and The Changeling (Young Vic); Dara, War Horse, Attempts on Her Life, The Enchantment, The Life of Galileo and Cyrano de Bergerac (National Theatre); The El Train (Hoxton Hall): Don Juan Comes Back from the War (Finborough); Troilus and Cressida (RSC/Wooster Group); Julius Caesar, Midnight’s Children, Roberto Zucco, Romeo and Juliet and The Tempest (RSC); Jesus Christ Superstar(Lyceum); and Twelfth Night (Donmar West End). TV includes Deep State, Will, Our Girl, Strike Back, Holby City, Garrow’s Law, Hustle, Little Dorrit, Saddam’s Tribe, Silent Witness and Spooks.