Duet For One is phenomenal, and filled with such raw emotion and moments of intense vulnerability for both characters. Not to mention the absolutely beautiful music performed on the violin during each transition at the Orange Tree Theatre (Gabriela Opacka-Boccadoro).
‘Live entertainment has come back with an encouraging roar’: Alun Hood celebrates his Top 20 new theatre shows of 2022
As somebody who loves a listicle plus a bandwagon to jump on, how could I NOT compile my list of my top 20 new (to me) shows of 2022? It’s been 12 months in which live entertainment has come back with an encouraging roar, although the impending cost of living crisis is inevitably, and understandably, causing anxiety in theatrical circles. Please do get out there, if you can, and support your local venue in 2023.
‘I think audiences can expect the unexpected’: Nadine Higgin prepares for her role in Yellowman at the Orange Tree Theatre
Nadine Higgin stars as Alma in the forthcoming production of Yellowman, which opens at the Orange Tree Theatre next month. Kirsty Herrington spoke with Nadine to find out more about her latest play.
‘Really brings the story to life through numerous different techniques’: THE MISFORTUNE OF THE ENGLISH – Orange Tree Theatre
Based on true events, the world premiere production of The Misfortune of the English at the Orange Tree Theatre features three completely engaging performances – but it does seem to run out of steam towards the end.
‘A story of growth & connection at its heart’: RICE – Orange Tree Theatre
Michele Lee’s Rice is a deeply ambitious play, populated by numerous characters and performed by two actors.
‘Passionate & thought-provoking’: Statements After An Arrest Under the Immorality Act – Orange Tree Theatre ★★★★
Passionate and thought-provoking play Statements After An Arrest Under the Immorality Act highlights the fragile love affair between a white woman and a black man set against the shadow and horror of the South African apartheid.
As more West End shows have to cancel shows, industry figures respond to ‘inadequate’ Government insurance scheme
Though theatres are now operating at full capacity (if they choose to) — and audiences are wearing masks only if they choose to, as well — there is a great deal of uncertainty, as performances are being routinely suspended at the very last minute if a cast member proves positive or has come into contact with someone who has.
‘Able to jump from silliness to seriousness in mid-sentence’: LAST EASTER – Orange Tree Theatre
By the end of Orange Tree Theatre’s production of Bryony Lavery’s Last Easter the certainty that friendship and love are life’s true miracles is quietly and effectively realised.
‘They’re snappy, full of giggles, frivolity & heart’: Jordan Mifsud discusses Shaw Shorts at the Orange Tree Theatre
Jordan Mifsud is currently starring in Orange Tree Theatre’s Shaw Shorts: How He Lied to Her Husband and Overruled, two short plays by George Bernard Shaw. I caught up with Jordan to find out more about his latest roles.
REVIEW ROUND-UP: Shaw Shorts at the Orange Tree Theatre
The Richmond-based theatre is welcoming audiences back with a production of two Bernard Shaw plays, Shaw Shorts. We round up what critics have been saying about it…
As restrictions lift, Mark Shenton offers a comprehensive update on opening nights in London & across the UK
This weekly column keeps track of the shows that are coming back, or are newly being announced, as theatres start reopening from tonight (17 May) in London and at other theatres in the UK.
Mark Shenton’s weekly chart of forthcoming theatrical comings & goings has some new entries
This weekly column keeps track of the shows that are coming back, or are newly being announced, as theatres prepare to re-open from next month onwards. It will be updated weekly until such time as it becomes a reality, and from then on will provide a weekly update to that week’s openings and future ones.
‘Well worth a watch’: OUTSIDE – Orange Tree Theatre (Online review) ★★★★
Curated by the Orange Tree’s literary associate Guy Jones, Outside also comprises three short plays, this time stories with a theme of connection and hope.
‘Thought-provoking & topical plays with heaps of potential’: INSIDE – Orange Tree Theatre (Online review) ★★★★
Inside features three thought-provoking and topical plays with heaps of potential. With strong scripts and impressive performances, this really sets the bar high for the second show in the series, Outside, and shows that the future of theatre is looking very bright indeed.
‘The cast really captures the brutality that emerges’: AMSTERDAM – Orange Tree Theatre (Online review)
First seen at the Orange Tree Theatre in 2019, Maya Arad Yasur’s play Amsterdam is a stark reminder that we should never forget the past and as much as possible try and prevent history repeating itself.
NEWS: OffWestEnd announces 47 finalists for its Offies Awards 2021
OffWestEnd announces 47 finalists for its Offies Awards 2021, across 15 categories, covering 24 venues across London.
NEWS: Winners announced for The Stage Debut Awards 2020
Newcomer Sam Tutty scooped two awards for his star-making performance in the hit West End musical Dear Evan Hansen at The Stage Debut Awards 2020. The awards were presented as a virtual ceremony filmed at London’s Theatre Royal Haymarket.
‘Distinct voices ably portrayed’: THE MIKVAH PROJECT – Orange Tree Theatre (Radio review)
The Mikvah Project by Josh Azouz had originally got quite a way into its run at the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond before lockdown took place.
‘The story of a violinist takes on an introspective dimension’: AMSTERDAM – Orange Tree Theatre (Online review)
While world history is ‘officially’ about facts, in reality, it is an amalgamation of thousands of experiences into one coherent narrative.
Text of the Day: The Sugar Syndrome
Random and topical thoughts and quotes gathered by My Theatre Mates contributor Aleks Sierz, first published on www.sierz.co.uk.