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FRENCH WITHOUT TEARS – Orange Tree Theatre & touring

In London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Regional theatre, Reviews, Touring by Libby PurvesLeave a Comment

At a moment when both female leaders and would-be leaders are rampaging across the news – May, Merkel, Leadsom, Eagle – it is pleasantly instructive to see this revival have a second Richmond season: it’s a comic squib from the young Terence Rattigan (before the dark sensitivity of The Deep Blue Sea and Cause Celebre).

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In Opinion, Plays, Regional theatre, Reviews by Libby PurvesLeave a Comment

Some issues do best as satirical or farcical comedies: English class division, illicit sex, misunderstanding. Others sit less easily with the comic muse: cot death, grief, young lives wasted in war. Torben Betts, in this terrific play, is comfortable handling both, and does so with almost total success. It ran briefly in multi-ethnic, diverse East London: but with this new touring cast will be able to show a wider Britain to itself: at first teasingly, but then with an admirable sad seriousness.

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NEWS: Orange Tree revives Shaw and Holman, premieres The Rolling Stone

In London theatre, Manchester, News, Plays, Press Releases, Quotes, Regional theatre by Press ReleasesLeave a Comment

The new spring season for the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond, south London, features plays by Robert Holman, Chris Urch, Brad Birch and Bernard Shaw, directed by Ellen McDougall, Alice Hamilton, Mel Hillyard and Artistic Director Paul Miller. Artistic Director Paul Miller announces the January to June 2016 season at the Orange Tree. It follows a year of award-winning theatre …

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FRENCH WITHOUT TEARS – Orange Tree Theatre

In Comedy, London theatre, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by Aleks SierzLeave a Comment

Over the past quarter century the reputation of toff playwright Terence Rattigan has been restored, mainly by strong stagings of his classic dramas, such as Deep Blue Sea. But his first smash hit, French Without Tears, has been the unicorn of his output — often talked about, often mentioned, often remembered, but never actually seen. Now Paul Miller, the ever-enterprising artistic director of the Orange Tree, has brought this unicorn into public view, allowing audiences to enjoy a joyful sighting of a rare beast.

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NEWS: Paul Miller announces second season as Orange Tree artistic director

In Children's theatre, London theatre, News, Plays by Press ReleasesLeave a Comment

Artistic director Paul Miller announces a season of collaborations, rediscoveries and new work at south London’s Orange Tree Theatre, building on the success of his inaugural season which attracted over 40,000 people to the 168-seat venue (90% capacity), with nearly 1 in 3 people new to the Theatre (45% for Pomona) and over 2,000 discounted seats sold to under 30s. …

My theatre diary: Plays to make you think – Widowers’ Houses, Visitors, Hope and Sirens

In Features, London theatre, Opinion, Photos, Plays, Quotes, Reviews by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

If your brain has started to turn to mush after too much turkey and mash, get yourself along to one of these four plays quick. I can personally recommend each for provoking serious thought, discussion and reflection on urgent issues including local government, austerity, dementia, discrimination, feminism, urban housing and corruption, to name a few. […]

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My theatre diary: The Distance, Electra, Lord of the Flies, Urinetown, Next Fall

In Features, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Photos, Plays, Quotes, Reviews by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

Having escaped back to Mallorca for a week (god, I love that place, my little piece of heaven), there are at least two weeks of theatre I want to catch up with. My must-see list just keeps growing and growing and has, more accurately become, a might-see list … if I can find a mammoth […]

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My theatre diary: From tears to laughter with The Crucible, The Events, Invincible and Shakespeare in Love

In Features, London theatre, Opinion, Photos, Plays, Quotes, Reviews by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

I’m really doing well for play choices in July. Don’t let the warm weather put you off catching these compelling productions, which scale great heights and depths of emotion. (Apart from the entertainment, most of these theatres were lovely and cool on the hot summer evenings I attended. So you’ll get a respite from the […]