The Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond has announced its 2022 Autumn/Winter season; it will be Paul Miller’s final season as Artistic Director.
The season opens with a major revival of Dael Orlandersmith’s Yellowman, directed by Diane Page and runs from 5 September thru 8 October. A revival of Bernard Shaw’s Arms and the Man (19 November -14 January 2023) marks Paul Miller’s final production which runs alongside the enchanting family show Pinocchio (14-31 December) created by OT’s Community Director Liam Shea.
After its acclaimed run in autumn 2021, Sonali Bhattacharyya’s Two Billion Beats (20 January – 4 February 2023) returns, directed by Nimmo Ismail; and completing the season is the world première of Ross Willis’ Grim Brenda (14 February – 18 March 2023) developed with and directed by Ned Bennett; a co-production between the OT and the Olivier Award Winning Francesca Moody Productions.
Paul Miller says today “New plays by the most exciting new writers, in dialogue with unexpected and intriguing revivals from the past: this season is another classic OT mixtape. I’m proud that we continue to further the emergence of such exciting talent, from Ned Bennett to Nimmo Ismail, as well as offering revivals that span the repertoire, from Bernard Shaw to Dael Orlandersmith. Since 2014 I have been privileged to lead the OT in forging this path, and am profoundly grateful to all the many people who have worked along the way to make this improbable success happen. It’s time to pass it forward now, and I wish my admirable successor Tom Littler all the very best, at the best theatre in the world.”
Yellowman, The JMK Award-Winning Production and Arms and the Man will also be available to watch on-demand with the continuation of OT On Screen.
Paul Miller has been Artistic Director of the Orange Tree since 2014, where he has directed numerous productions including Bernard Shaw’s Candida, Misalliance, The Philanderer and Widowers’ Houses, Martin Crimp’s translation of Marivaux’s The False Servant, Jo Clifford’s Losing Venice, Charlotte Jones’ Humble Boy, Lot Vekemans’ Poison, Marivaux’s The Lottery of Love, The False Servant, Somerset Maughan’s Sheppey, Terence Rattigan’s While the Sun Shines and French Without Tears, Doris Lessing’s Each His Own Wilderness and The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd by DH Lawrence.
Between 2009 and 2014 Miller was an Associate Director at Sheffield Theatres; he directed Macbeth at Chichester Festival Theatre in 2019; and for the National Theatre he has directed The History Boys (revival for the West End and UK tour), Baby Girl and Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads by Roy Williams, DNA by Dennis Kelly, The Miracle by Lin Coghlan, The Enchantment by Victoria Benedictsson, and The Associate by Simon Bent.
The Orange Tree is an award-winning, independent theatre. Recognised as a powerhouse that creates high-quality productions of new and rediscovered plays, it entertains 70,000 people across the UK every year. In 2022 it is celebrating its 50th Anniversary and through its 50th Anniversary Campaign is raising funds to support the next generation of theatre-makers and to produce rarely seen plays.