The Orange Tree Theatre is a 180-seat theatre at 1 Clarence Street, Richmond in south-west London, which was built specifically as a theatre in the round. It is housed within a disused 1867 primary school, built in Victorian Gothic style.To visit Orange Tree Theatre on your trip to Richmond, use our Richmond online trip itinerary planner.
The theatre was founded in 1971 by its previous artistic director, Sam Walters, and his actress wife Auriol Smith in a small room above the Orange Tree pub opposite the present building, which opened in 1991.
Paul Miller, previously associate director at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, is the artistic director. He succeeded Walters, the UK's longest-serving theatre director, who retired from the Orange Tree Theatre in June 2014.
The Orange Tree Theatre specialises in staging new plays and rediscovering classics. It has an education and participation programme that reaches over 10,000 people every year.
Since 2014 the theatre has won ten Offies (Off West End Awards), five UK Theatre Awards and the Alfred Fagon Audience Award. It won the Empty Space Peter Brook Award in 2006 and 2015.
Orange Tree Theatre reviews
We have visited the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond (London) several times, and each time has been enjoyable and good value. The Audience sits around the sides of the square stage in two tiers, stage.... more »
Our first visit to this small but comfortable theatre in Richmond. We were very impressed by the way the way the theatre staff helped a number of visually impaired customers. more »
Amazing little theatre! I came to see “Blood Knot” and thought it was captivating! The set design of the small, round theatre was delicate and distinctive. The actors enthralled me and I thoroughly enjoyed this theatre production. Would definitely com’s here again!
It was a delight to be served by the staff who were polite obliging and helpful. Under difficult mobility circumstances we were given preferential treatment and want to thank the staff wholeheartedly. The play and acoustics worked well.
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