The Orange Tree Theatre & Oliver Ford Davis (Photo by Rocco Redondo)

The Orange Tree Richmond announces new Autumn 2024 season including a David Edgar premiere & Twelfth Night starring Oliver Ford-Davis

She Stoops to Conquer starring Freddie Fox, Tanya Reynolds and Greta Scacchi extended by two weeks

The Orange Tree theatre in Richmond, London has revealed four new productions for their Autumn 2024 season.

Shows include the world premières of Here in America by David Edgar, from 14 September to 19 October 2024; and Treasure Island: the True(r) Story by Hannah Khalil, directed by Natasha Rickman and playing from 18 to 22 December.

The Orange Tree will also produce Twelfth Night, directed by their artistic director Tom Littler and starring Olivier Award winner Oliver Ford Davies as Malvolio. Twlefth Night will run 23 November 2024 to 25 January 2025.

The Orange Tree is also continuing their partnership with the JMK Trust, and plans to stage “a modern classic” in Autumn 2024 from 26 October to 16 November 2024, directed by next year’s winner of the JMK Award.

Back for Summer 2024 will be their Greenhouse Festival, showcasing the OT New Artists programme, in a collaboration with drama school LAMDA.

Coming up at the Orange Tree as part of their 2023-2024 season is a 250th anniversary production of Oliver Goldsmith’s She Stoops to Conquer directed by Tom Littler with Francesca Ellis, and starring Freddie Fox, Tanya Reynolds and Greta Scacchi. Two weeks are being added to the show’s run, and it will now play from 18 November 2023 to 13 January 2024.

David Edgar’s new play Here in American is billed as a compelling new drama about two titans of stage and screen, Elia Kazan and Arthur Miller, both passionately involved with an actress about to become the world’s most famous movie star. As an anti-communist crusade sweeps Hollywood, Kazan and Miller face stark choices.

Oliver Ford Davies returns to the Orange Tree in Twelfth Night, having previously performed in The Promise, Larkin with Women, The Linden Tree and King Cromwell. His extensive theatre credits include multiple productions at the RSC and National Theatre, including a Best Actor Olivier Award for his performance in David Hare’s Racing Demon. He is also known on screen for roles including Game of Thrones, Waking the Dead and Star Wars.

Artistic Director of The Orange Tree Tom Littler said in a statement: “We are looking forward to Autumn 2024 as a season that unites generations of artists. For the first time, the OT Young Company will deliver a major production as a highlight of the festive season. Hannah Khalil’s Treasure Island: the True(r) Story will be the centrepiece of an expanded programme of work with young people. We are renewing our commitment to early career directors through the JMK Young Directors Award and the Greenhouse Festival. David Edgar’s Here in America is a major new play exploring timely issues through a historical lens. And I eagerly await directing Oliver Ford Davies, one of the finest Shakespearean actors of his generation, as Malvolio in Twelfth Night.”

Hanna Streeter, Executive Director of The Orange Tree, said: “The first play I ever saw was Twelfth Night in a Primary Shakespeare project at the Orange Tree Theatre, so I’m over the moon to be producing this magical comedy with the great Oliver Ford Davies. This new season honours our commitments to artists of all generations, from recent graduates to theatrical legends. Operating without an Arts Council grant, we rely on the support of our Members and Patrons, and we’re happy to offer them this period of priority booking.”

Currently playing at The Orange Tree are the final performances of Polly Stenham’s That Face starring Niamh Cusack, which has enjoyed great reviews, and closes on 7 October 2023.

Other shows coming up in the 2023-2024 season include Northanger Abbey, Uncle Vanya, Testmatch, Noël Coward’s Suite in Three Keys, and Red Speedo.

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📷 Main photo: The Orange Tree Theatre & Oliver Ford Davis (Photo by Rocco Redondo)

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