Tag Archives: Orange Tree Theatre

Poison

Orange Tree Theatre, London ****

© The Other Richard, Zubin Varla and Claire Price - reaching some kind of resolution...

© The Other Richard, Zubin Varla and Claire Price – reaching some kind of resolution…

Letting go of grief. There are many ways and sometimes none will do. It must be the most difficult thing in the world to lose a child. From what I’ve learnt from friends, that feeling of loss never goes. Continue reading

The March on Russia

Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, London (****)

© Helen Maybanks, Ian Gelder as former miner, Mr Pasmore and politician daughter, Wendy (Sarah Belcher)

© Helen Maybanks, Ian Gelder’s wonderfully hollowed out former miner, Tommy Pasmore and politician daughter, Wendy (Sarah Belcher)

For several decades, David Storey was a titan of working class political realism, garlanded with awards for films such as This Sporting Life and The Changing Room. On stage, plays like The Contractor, In Celebration and for Storey, the unusually more abstract, Home with Sir John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson, charted the dying chords of a post-war generation, family life and Britain’s changing industrial landscape. Continue reading

Blue Heart

Orange Tree, Richmond, London (****)

© Richard Davenport for The Other Richard, Alex Beckett, Amelda Brown and Amanda Boxer Heart's Desire

© Richard Davenport for The Other Richard, Alex Beckett, Amelda Brown and Amanda Boxer Heart’s Desire

Comprising Heart’s Desire & Blue Kettle

This revival of Caryl Churchill’s 1997 Royal Court original is another grand example of the astuteness of Paul Miller. A co-production this time with Bristol’s acclaimed Tobacco Factory Theatre, such collaborations have allowed him to take many more risks than would probably have been the case going it alone. Continue reading

French Without Tears

Orange Tree Theatre, London (****)

© The Other Richard, Joe Eyre (Kit), Florence Roberts (Diana Lake), Ziggy Heath (Alan)

© The Other Richard, Joe Eyre (Kit), Florence Roberts (Diana Lake), Ziggy Heath (Alan)

Boys will be boys – and in Terence Rattigan’s French Without Tears (1936), women are seen as okay if they were more or less surrogate fellas. Anything more extravagant and they are quickly deemed `femmes fatales’. Continue reading

The Philanderer

Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, London (***)

© Richard Davenport, Dorothea Myer-Bennett (Julia Craven), Rupert Young (Leonard Charteris)

© Richard Davenport, Dorothea Myer-Bennett (Julia Craven), Rupert Young (Leonard Charteris)

Like a limbering up for Man and Superman written a decade later, George Bernard Shaw’s The Philanderer is a slightly watered down version of the later play with GBS at his most pugnaciously playful yet more than a little irritating, for all his `enlightened’ views. Continue reading

The Brink

Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, London (****)

© Helen Warner, Vince Leigh, Shvorne Marks, Ciaran Owens and Alice Haig

© Helen Warner,
Vince Leigh, Shvorne Marks, Ciaran Owens and Alice Haig

Paul Miller is certainly taking his new Orange Tree audience on some scary rides. After Alistair McDowall’s surreal Pomona, first seen here at the Orange Tree before its National Theatre transfer, we now have the world premiere of Brad Birch’s unnerving The Brink. Continue reading