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Orange Tree Theatre : Twelfth Night

Bruised egos, broken hearts and drunken relatives.

Gender and class politics combine to create fizzing tensions and fraught encounters.

Get tangled up in Shakespeare's darkest comedy.

Playing in under 90 minutes, 6 actors bring Shakespeare's feisty language to life in a fast-paced and intimate production.

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March
18-25
   

Richmond Shakespeare Society : THE HISTORY OF CARDENIO

by William Shakespeare, John Fletcher and Gary Taylor directed by Gerald Baker for Cutpurse

The UK premiere of the most authentic vision of the lost Shakespeare play The History of Cardenio. Leading scholar Gary Taylor has made a lively, credible, theatrically viable reconstruction of Shakespeare and Fletcher's 1612 play. Close to the poetry and passion of late Shakespeare and restoring the comic subplot, his script has the feel, breadth and variety of a real Shakespeare (and Fletcher) play. This production will be as close as any of us will ever come to a new Shakespeare play.

Cardenio loves Lucinda. When he tells his friend Fernando about her, Fernando loves Lucinda too. But Fernando is already as good as married to Violenta, a farmer's daughter. So, to marry Lucinda, Fernando must be doubly false and betray the two people who are dearest to him. One will come close to death, another will go mad.

Quesada, the old schoolmaster, has read too many stories of chivalry and determines to become a wandering knight. With his houseboy, Sancho, as his squire, he madly takes to the road to kill dragons and save damsels.

Everyone meets in the mountains: there will be confrontations, absolutions: but will everyone come out happy? Will everyone come out sane?

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Mary Wallace Theatre

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Richmond Shakespeare Society

March
18-25
   

Orange Tree Theatre : Low Level Panic

Three flatmates. A single bathroom. And a whole world of men.

Mary's found some porn in their bin, and needs to talk about it. But Jo's in the bath, fantasizing about being someone else. And Celia just wants to look her best for the party tonight.

In this funny, timely and unapologetic play, three twenty-something women figure out how they really feel about sex, their bodies and each other., runner-up, JMK Award 2016, directs. She has previously directed new work at the Bush, Finborough, Southwark, Theatre503 and Tristan Bates. approximately 1 hour 20 minutes (no interval) 42804Following the performance on 10 March there will be a post-show talk in association with . Tickets are free and currently just available to ticket holders for that evening's performance of . to access Members' discounts.

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Orange Tree Theatre

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March
18-25
   

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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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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Orange Tree Theatre

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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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July
20-29