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Richmond Shakespeare Society : The Seagull

by Anton Chekhov, in a new version by Torben Betts, directed by Susan Conte

As summer guests assemble at a country house for the staging of an avant-garde play, artistic temperaments ignite to reveal a more entertaining drama behind the scenes. Romantic jealousies, self-doubt and the ruthless pursuit of personal happiness take centre stage in The Seagull, the first of Chekhov's great works.

Torben Betts has created a radically funny new version of this classic and the play becomes a fresh, free-flying adaptation. It will break your heart but rock you with laughter.

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Venue

Mary Wallace Theatre

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Richmond Shakespeare Society

April
22-29
   

Orange Tree Theatre : The Lottery of Love

A marriage has been arranged...Sylvia has a dilemma: how does a woman get to know the man she's engaged to? Disguising herself as her own maid is certainly one way to do it. And it would have been perfect, except that her fiancé Richard has had the same idea: his man Brass will do duty as him. Sylvia's father can only watch as the couples get entangled. He knows that for them to achieve real happiness, they must disentangle themselves.

Can love be scrutinised and survive? Can passion be pinned down and must it always entail pain? One of France's greatest playwrights dissects the age old process of losing oneself to love. 's greatest comedy, , is translated by to the Regency England of Jane Austen in this previously unseen version.

This sparkling translation by the author of and is directed by Artistic Director following his sold-out productions of Terence Rattigan, Bernard Shaw, Doris Lessing and DH Lawrence.

Don't forget about our Backstage Tour! : There is an opportunity to visit the rehearsal rooms for this show.

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Venue

Orange Tree Theatre

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Orange Tree Theatre

May-Jun
18-24
   

Orange Tree Theatre : An Octoroon

"The play uses the plot of the Irish playwright Dion Boucicault's 1859 melodrama The Octoroon...as the starting point for a bigger, wilder, more hilarious play about the tremendous, often tragic difficulties of identity, and life, for us all." Judge Peyton is dead, and his plantation Terrebonne is in financial ruins. Peyton's handsome nephew George arrives as heir apparent, and quickly falls in love with Zoe, a beautiful 'octoroon'*. But, the dastardly M'Closky has other plans -- for both Terrebonne and Zoe.

The UK premiere of the OBIE Award-winning play by Pulitzer Prize nominee . returns to the Orange Tree to direct following , which transferred to the National Theatre and Royal Exchange Theatre."A wildly imaginative new work" "coruscating comedy of unresolved history... this decade's most eloquent theatrical statement on race in America today" *an octoroon is a person of one-eighth black ancestry to access Members' discounts. Don't forget about our on the 6 June!

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Orange Tree Theatre

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Orange Tree Theatre

July
20-29