Orange Tree Theatre announces further details of Recovery Season

Orange Tree Theatre has announced further programming for The Recovery Season, currently running at the theatre. In celebration of the theatre’s 50th Anniversary Year from 31 December 2021, the Museum of Richmond will host an exhibition OT:50 50 Years of the Orange Tree, to honour the anniversary, which opens on 15 December 2021 and runs until 31 August 2022.

The season opens with the world première of Sonali Bhattacharyya’s Two Billion Beats directed by Nimmo Ismail, followed by Franz Xaver Kroetz’s Tom Fool directed by Diyan Zora. Oscar Toeman directs the UK première of Pamela Carter’s The Misfortune of the English; and completing the season, Orange Tree Artistic Director Paul Miller directs the first major revival of Martin Crimp’s translation of The False Servant by Pierre Marivaux.

Orange Tree Theatre. Photo: The Other Richard.

Each production will be available to watch livestreamed or on-demand thanks to the continuation of OT On Screen, allowing greater access for audiences far and wide to connect with the OT digitally.

Miller said, “The next stage of our Recovery Season sees a classic OT mix of new plays, emerging artists, internationalism, a European classic and a new Community Festival. We are all reconnecting with society and seeing the world from new perspectives, and in our 50th anniversary year, this season at the OT aims to further this process, as we continue to reconnect with our audiences and the artists who make theatre happen. The great Recovery continues!”

Following the success of its run at the OT, Michele Lee’s Rice - in co-production with Actors Touring Company and in association with Theatre Royal Plymouth, will embark on a UK tour. With direction from ATC Artistic Director Matthew Xia, the production opens at The Drum Theatre on 4 February before touring to Oxford, Scarborough, Sheffield, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and culminating in York.

The OT Community programme continues its work offering theatre classes across a range of age groups from babies to over 60s, bringing people together, building confidence and providing an opportunity to have fun, learn and create work together. OT Community will present Play On: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, for primary and secondary schools. The OT’s Community groups will come together in August 2022 for performances in a Community Festival.

Full details of the newly announced programme:


5 February – 5 March 2022

Tue – Sat at 7.30pm (except 9 Feb at 7pm)

Thu & Sat at 2.30pm (from 12 Feb)

Also Mon 7 Feb at 7.30pm

Captioned Performance: Tue 1 March 7.30pm

Audio Described performance: Thu 3 March 7.30pm

OT On Screen:

Livestream: Thu 24 Feb 7.30pm

On Demand: Tue 8 – Fri 11 March



12 March – 16 April

Tue – Sat at 7.30pm (except 16 March at 7pm)

Thu & Sat at 2.30pm (from 19 March)

Also Mon 14 March at 7.30pm

Captioned Performance: Tue 5 April 7.30pm

Audio Described performance: Tue 12 April 7.30pm

OT On Screen:

Livestream: Thu 7 April 7.30pm


25 April – 28 May

Tue – Sat at 7.30pm (except 28 April at 7pm)

Thu & Sat at 2.30pm (from 30 April)

Also Mon 25 April at 7.30pm

Captioned Performance: Tue 17 May 7.30pm

Audio Described performance: Thu 19 May 7.30pm

OT On Screen:

Livestream: Thu 12 May 7.30pm

On demand: Tue 31 May – Fri 3 June


8 June – 23 July

Tue – Sat at 7.30pm (except 13 June at 7pm)

Tue, Thu & Sat at 2.30pm (from 16 June)

Captioned Performance: Tue 12 July 7.30pm

Audio Described performance: Thu 14 July 7.30pm

OT On Screen:

Livestream: Thu 7 July 7.30pm

On demand: Tue 26 – Fri 29 July

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