Jess and Joe Forever, Orange Tee Theatre
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Jess and Joe Forever

Almost anything you want to say about this play is both true and not quite true, or, at least, not true in the ways you first think it is. We see the two characters, Jess and Joe, aged nine and three-quarter...
Orange Tree The Philanderer
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The Philanderer

The Philanderer was Shaw’s second completed play, its first version having been written in 1893, following the first performances of Widowers’ Houses. At that stage the third and final act had divorce as it...
The Diary of a Hounslow Girl Ovalhouse
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The Diary of a Hounslow Girl

In one sense of the word this is the least spectacular play I have seen for a long time. One young woman, Shaheeda, alone in her bedroom, rages against the personal crisis she faces. We hear interjections from ...
HMS Pinafore Hackney Empire
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HMS Pinafore

An all male HMS Pinafore. What? Why? This not-to-be missed production originated in 2014 and it is not entirely irrelevant that the hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of World War One was in the news.  B...
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German Skerries

This play would be extremely unlikely to have a hit run in the West End. (I wrote that partly to provoke someone into proving me wrong.) It tells several stories (which are interlinked) without having anything ...
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The Rolling Stone

This play demands (and commands) absolute attention from its audience. Both acts begin with a beautifully sung hymn—Nearer My God to Thee and As I Went Down in the River to Pray respectively. But the seren...
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The Distance

When this play was premiered at the Orange Tree in October 2014 described as ‘an amazing evening’. This remains the case as it returns with a largely new cast for a four-week run. This is a serious and thou...
3.0★ ★ ★

French Without Tears

A revival, after many years of neglect, of French without Tears makes for a very interesting, as well as entertaining evening at Richmond’s Orange Tree Theatre. This is a very brightly performed, energetic pr...
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When We Were Women

Sharman Macdonald returns to Glasgow, the city of her birth for the setting of this play, he opening production of the Orange Tree Theatre’s second season under the resourceful direction of Paul Miller. Pe...
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dreamthinkspeak’s Absent

Shoreditch Town Hall is an attractively imposing Victorian building in the course of being restored as a modestly priced hotel and experimental arts centre. When you visit it to experience Absent, you are sh...