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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

May-Jun
18-24
   

Richmond Shakespeare Society : Metamorphosis

by Steven Berkoff, from the classic story by Franz Kafka, directed by Rodney Figaro

The arresting opening lines of both story and play describe how Gregor, a hitherto unremarkable young man, wakes up one morning to find himself transformed into.... well the literal translation from the German is, so I'm told, "a horrible vermin". Further description reveals that he has indeed become a giant cockroach. OK - that is the premise - and from there we discover how his family and employers react to Gregor's altered condition, and how their attitudes and behaviour alter as they become his carers, his defenders and, eventually, his jailers.

A dark, funny and unexpected venture into the surreal.

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  • Saturday 3 to Saturday 10 June 2017
  • Performances at 7.45p.m. except for Sunday at 3p.m. - no performance on Wednesday 7th June
  • Telephone bookings open on 22 May
  • Call the box office, between 10 am and 7 pm only please, on 020 8744 0547

Please enquire of the Box Office before booking tickets as to the extent of the provision available at the Mary Wallace Theatre for those with disabilities.

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Mary Wallace Theatre

Event Sponsor

Richmond Shakespeare Society

June
3-10
   
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Richmond Shakespeare Society : The Death of Miss Gloria Starr

by Devised by the cast, directed by Jane Swift

In a small provincial theatre, a cast are getting ready to perform Shakespeare's until everything grinds to a halt. The leading actress Miss Gloria Starr has been shot and found slumped in the wings by the producer. Who in the cast is cunning enough or has the motive to plot such a gruesome murder? Who wants to see the downfall of a star? Come and find out what happens as the interrogation begins.

This play is devised and performed by the R.S.S. Junior Youth Theatre group, aged nine to thirteen.

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  • Saturday 24 to Sunday 25 June 2017
  • There are only two performances: Saturday at 7.45p.m. and Sunday at 3p.m.

Please enquire of the Box Office before booking tickets as to the extent of the provision available at the Mary Wallace Theatre for those with disabilities.

Venue

Mary Wallace Theatre

Event Sponsor

Richmond Shakespeare Society

June
24-25
   

Richmond Shakespeare Society : The Tempest

by William Shakespeare, directed by Deborah Campbell

Shakespeare's mystical final play will be brought to colourful life with fabulous costumes and original music in the RSS 's latest outdoor production on our very own " enchanted isle" of the York House Fountain Garden, Twickenham riverside.

This is a tale of intrigue and romance, magic and mayhem. A man has been cast away on a remote island with his daughter - but this is no ordinary island and Prospero is no ordinary man. He is a magus able to control the very elements. He creates a vast storm shipwrecking his enemies on his fantastical island where nothing is what it seems, but is this for revenge or reconciliation?

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  • Monday 17 to Saturday 22 July 2017
  • Performances at 7.45p.m. every night, plus matinee at 3p.m, on Saturday.

Please enquire of the Box Office before booking tickets as to the extent of the provision available at the Mary Wallace Theatre for those with disabilities.

Venue

Mary Wallace Theatre

Event Sponsor

Richmond Shakespeare Society

July
17-22
   

Orange Tree Theatre : Directors' Festival

A festival of plays directed by students from the first year of the Orange Tree Theatre and St Mary's University's MA in Theatre Directing. Five plays by five directors playing in repertoire over 10 days with all tickets £7.50.

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Orange Tree Theatre

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Orange Tree Theatre

July
20-29
   

Richmond Shakespeare Society : Kindertransport

by Diane Samuels, directed by Michelle Hood

On the brink of World War II, nine-year-old Eva is sent to Britain for refuge from Nazi Europe, with little more than a suitcase and an identity label, one of 10,000 children evacuated in a rescue mission called the Kindertransport. Eva is taken in and raised by a well-meaning English woman. Torn between her German heritage and her need to wipe the

Kindertransport experience from her memory, Eva eventually learns to adapt to her new life and identity. Kindertransport moves seamlessly between present time and memory, as the consequences of Eva's painful childhood loss play out many years later, and we discover how these continue to cast a shadow that somehow needs to be faced. Her story is based on autobiographical accounts from actual Kindertransport children.

A moving and thought-provoking play about mothers, daughters and the powerful need for reconciliation. Kindertransport tells a captivating story of survival and building a new life, and which strikingly resonates with current events facing the world today.

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  • Saturday 16 to Saturday 23 September 2017
  • Evenings at 7.45p.m. except for Sunday 3p.m. - no performance on Wednesday
  • Telephone bookings open on 4 September:
  • Call the box office, between 10 am and 7 pm only please, on 020 8744 0547

Please enquire of the Box Office before booking tickets as to the extent of the provision available at the Mary Wallace Theatre for those with disabilities.

Venue

Mary Wallace Theatre

Event Sponsor

Richmond Shakespeare Society

September
16-23
   

Richmond Shakespeare Society : Richard II

by William Shakespeare, directed by Simon Bartlett

"... England, that was wont to conquer others Hath made a shameful conquest of itself"A despotic ruler embedded in the past, surrounded by yes-men. A country taxed to the hilt, led into futile wars and feuds, and haunted by suspected murders. Opposition gathers round a rival in the hopes of new start.

Shakespeare's great lyrical tragedy shows a world on the brink - but is it of chaos, or a new order?

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  • Saturday 28 October to Saturday 4 November 2017
  • Evenings at 7.45p.m. except for Sunday at 3p.m.
  • Second matinee at 3p.m. on Saturday 4th November - no performance on Wednesday

Please enquire of the Box Office before booking tickets as to the extent of the provision available at the Mary Wallace Theatre for those with disabilities.

Venue

Mary Wallace Theatre

Event Sponsor

Richmond Shakespeare Society

November
28-4
   

Richmond Shakespeare Society : The Railway Children (stage version)

by E. Nesbit adapted by Mike Kenny, directed by John Roth

If ever there was a "timeless" classic tale, this is surely it. There have been many Stage adaptations, but the one by Mike Kenny for the now famous presentation at Waterloo Station, later at Kings Cross, is the one chosen for our Christmas production.

This is loosely described as the "Adult" version, but do not let this influence you, since it is basically nostalgic: all it needs, as Mr. Kenny points out, is imagination, and as Bobbie says in the very opening: "Do you remember? We were the Railway Children".Come and enjoy this charming and exquisite piece of our literary heritage.

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  • Saturday 9 to Saturday 16 December 2017
  • Evenings at 7.45p.m. except for Sunday at 3p.m.
  • Second matinee at 3p.m. on Saturday 4th November - no performance on Wednesday

Please enquire of the Box Office before booking tickets as to the extent of the provision available at the Mary Wallace Theatre for those with disabilities.

Venue

Mary Wallace Theatre

Event Sponsor

Richmond Shakespeare Society

December
9-16
   

Richmond Shakespeare Society : Bette and Joan

by Anton Burge, directed by Harry Medawar

Robert Aldrich's 1962 film tells the story of Blanche and Jane Hudson, two sisters bound forever by guilt and deceit. Playing the title role, Bette Davis was nominated for an Oscar while her co-star, Joan Crawford, was not. Anton Burge's highly entertaining comedy gives us Hollywood's grandest at close quarters in their adjacent dressing rooms on set. After thirty years, was the first time the two actresses had worked together, an opportunity to bury past rivalries and for any sense of antipathy to be forgotten. Yeah, ...

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  • Saturday 20 to Saturday 27 January 2018
  • Evenings at 7.45p.m. except for Matinee at 3p.m. on Sunday, 21st January - no performance on Wednesday 24th January

Please enquire of the Box Office before booking tickets as to the extent of the provision available at the Mary Wallace Theatre for those with disabilities.

Venue

Mary Wallace Theatre

Event Sponsor

Richmond Shakespeare Society

January
20-27