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Orange Tree Theatre
1 Clarence Street
020 8940 3633
Nearest Tube/Train Station:
Richmond tube/BR
Orange Tree Theatre History

The Orange Tree Theatre was founded in 1971 by Sam Walters in a room above the Orange Tree pub. Over the years which followed, the theatre and its reputation grew. Audiences came to experience drama, musicals, classics and revivals, all produced in the Orange Tree's particularly intimate style.

The Orange Tree's objectives were to make good live theatre accessible, presenting productions to a consistently high standard at reasonable prices in informal surroundings; to encourage new writing; to be a community resource; and, principally, to promote and develop theatre in the round.

During the 1980s it became clear that the theatre was outgrowing the room above the pub. Audiences were overflowing, backstage was overstrained and it was clearly unsuitable for the rapidly expanding community programme. After years of planning and fundraising, a new theatre was opened in 1991, behind the façade of a Victorian school. It was the first purpose-built theatre-in-the-round in London.

The theatre continued to go from strength to strength, including the expansion of the thriving Education and Community programme, which now serves over 25,000 children a year. The schools Shakespeare projects are as popular as ever, as is the 'concert party' tour of homes and day centres for elderly people.

Now, Sam Walters is the longest-serving Artistic Director in the country – in 2011-12 he celebrated his 40th season.


Orange Tree Theatre
Nearest Tube/Train Station:
Richmond tube/BR
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