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Orange Tree Theatre
While the Sun Shines

On the eve of his wedding, the young Earl of Harpenden - Bobby to his friends - has offered his room to Joe, an American soldier he drunkenly met the night before. When Bobby's fiancée Lady Elizabeth turns up, Joe makes a move, thinking she must be Bobby's ex, the wonderful Mabel Crum. But a Free French lieutenant also has eyes for her... And to complicate matters, ...

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Jun-Jul
7-27
   

Richmond Shakespeare Society
Much Ado About Nothing

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by William Shakespeare, directed by Fiona Poole

This much loved classic 'battle of the sexes' is one of Shakespeare's greatest comedies, from barbed wit to bumbling policemen. Come along and find out if Cupid's arrows strike true.

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July
15-20
   

Orange Tree Theatre
THE MIKVAH PROJECT

Eitan is 17. Avi is 35. Eitan loves Arsenal. Avi loves his wife. Eitan goes to college. Avi is trying for a child. They are in completely different places in their lives. Yet, every Friday, Eitan and Avi meet at the Mikvah to take part in the Jewish ritual of submerging in the water.

As they chat about life in the synagogue, football, the nature of marriage and desire they...

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August
3-10
   

Orange Tree Theatre
PATERSON JOSEPH

After an international tour, s new play comes to the Orange Tree. Performed by the author and co-directed by ( and at the National Theatre), this is the little-known story of a man who lived a remarkable life.

Born on a slave ship, educated in secret, he became a composer, actor, anti-slavery campaigner, and the first Afro-Briton to vote in a British general election. ...

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August
3-11
   

Orange Tree Theatre
EIGHT GIGABYTES OF HARDCORE PORNOGRAPHY

Welcome to the Too-Much-Information Age. She's a nurse with terrors for kids, debtors banging at the door and a shopping addiction. He's in IT, bored with his lot, trapped in a soulless marriage and addicted to porn.

Miserable, both hanker for something else.

They meet online. No-strings sex seems like such a good idea. Or then again...maybe not.

The ...

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August
5-11
   

Orange Tree Theatre
SADNESS AND JOY IN THE LIFE OF GIRAFFES

Part of the Giraffe is nine years, one month and twelve days old but she's unusually tall for her age. Her Dad can no longer afford the Discovery Channel, so she sets out on a quest to find the money herself. Accompanied by her suicidal teddy bear Judy Garland, this unstoppable duo adventure out to solve the problems grown-ups can't.

In a city worn down by ...

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August
5-11
   

Orange Tree Theatre
PILGRIMS

Rachel wants to write about folk songs and war and women, especially their urge to escape.

Will and Dan are mountain climbers, adventurers, conquering peak after peak. A tale about love, adventure and betrayal. But how are stories told, and whose version is remembered? Award-winning playwright returns to the Orange Tree, following her critically acclaimed play in 2018. ★★★★ WhatsOnStage

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Sep-Oct
6-12
   

Richmond Shakespeare Society
The Father

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by Florian Zeller, directed by Stephen Oliver

This tragi-comedy, winner of the Molière Award for Best Play of 2014, plunges us into the mind of a man whose grasp on reality is gradually fading. Is André living in his own flat or that of his daughter Anne? Has the carer stolen his watch? Is his daughter married or was she divorced five years ago? ...

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September
14-21
   

Orange Tree Theatre
AMSTERDAM

An Israeli violinist. Living in her trendy canal-side Amsterdam apartment. Nine months pregnant.

One day a mysterious unpaid gas bill from 1944 arrives.

It awakens unsettling feelings of collective identity, foreignness and alienation. Stories of a devastating past are compellingly reconstructed to try and make sense of the present.

The UK premiere of a ...

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September
Sunday
22
 

Orange Tree Theatre
JONNY AND THE BAPTISTS

We live in a divided world, and we want to cross that divide. But how can we be popular now 'populist' means 'I'm a shit'? Answer: WE LOVE EVERYONE. Oh, except bastards. Everyone hates bastards, right? We agree.

Multi-award nominated* musical-activist-comedians, Jonny & The Baptists, are sick of being political and divisive. This show is about how ...

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Oct-Nov
18-16
   

Richmond Shakespeare Society
Hamlet

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by William Shakespeare, directed by Susan Conte

In the rain-soaked streets of modern Denmark, civil unrest is simmering. The King has died suddenly and strangely. His brother Claudius has immediately seized the throne, in a breach of all custom, democracy and law, and then married the widowed Queen. The heir apparent, young Hamlet, has been brushed aside. Can...

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Oct-Nov
26-2
   

Orange Tree Theatre
LITTLE BABY JESUS

Joanne is dipped in rudeness, rolled in attitude and is fighting to keep her life afloat. Sensitive and mature he may be, yet Kehinde struggles with an obsession for mixed race girls as he eyes his place on the social ladder. Rugrat, classclown and playground loudmouth, just wants to make it past GCSEs and keep their name on the tip of your tongue.

As their lives collide ...

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October
Sunday
27
 

Orange Tree Theatre
LIFE IS FOR LIVING

A celebration of 's remarkable impact on British and American culture from performer and pianist . A critically-acclaimed, award-winning evening of conversations real and imagined, featuring original songs married with classics from The Master, and new settings of rediscovered lyrics and poetry.

Winner of the 2017 Drama Desk Award for outstanding revue Charles Isherwood, New York Times

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November
Sunday
10
 

Orange Tree Theatre
BARB JUNGR

Orange Tree favourite Barb Jungr makes a welcome return this winter. Since her last visit, her reputation as "one of the world's great cabaret singers" (Time Out New York) may have gone to her head, as she will now only sing songs by writers whose names start with the letter B. But this means she can return to two colossi of popular song, whose writing has helped define her whole ...

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Nov-Jan
22-11
   

Orange Tree Theatre
CANDIDA

Eugene believes in love, free-thinking and liberation: James in social justice for all and conventional married life for himself. Candida believes in her own strength and her right to run her life as she wants.

A young man with the soul of a poet clashes with a popular Socialist preacher and threatens his domestic happiness. Only Candida can decide who is the stronger - and who's to be the winner.

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December
14-29