The Orange Tree Theatre has announced a new season of plays until March 2023.
As the venue continues to celebrate its 50th Anniversary year the upcoming season will the mark the last under outgoing Artistic Director Paul Miller.
The new season will open with the return of the 2021 JMK Award winner Diane Page who, following her critically acclaimed production of Statements After An Arrest Under The Immorality Act, directs a major London revival of Dael Orlandersmith’s Yellowman (5 September – 8 October 2022).
This will be followed by the production of the winner of the 2022 JMK Award, running 15 October – 12 November 2022, with the winning director and play to be announced in July.
A revival of Bernard Shaw’s Arms and the Man (19 November 2022 – 14 January 2023) marks Paul Miller’s final production which runs alongside the enchanting family show Pinocchio (14 – 31 December 2022) created by OT’s Community Director Liam Shea.
After its acclaimed run in autumn 2021, Sonali Bhattacharyya’s Two Billion Beats (20 January – 4 February 2023) returns, directed by Nimmo Ismail.
Completing the newly announced season is the world première of Ross Willis’ Grim Brenda (14 February – 18 March 2023) developed with and directed by Ned Bennett; a co-production between the OT and the Olivier Award Winning Francesca Moody Productions.
Alongside the in-person performances, Yellowman, The JMK Award-Winning Production and Arms and the Man will also be available to watch on-demand as part of OT On Screen.
Announcing the new season alongside Executive Director Hanna Streeter, Paul Miller said: “New plays by the most exciting new writers, in dialogue with unexpected and intriguing revivals from the past: this season is another classic OT mixtape.
“I’m proud that we continue to further the emergence of such exciting talent, from Ned Bennett to Nimmo Ismail, as well as offering revivals that span the repertoire, from Bernard Shaw to Dael Orlandersmith.
“Since 2014 I have been privileged to lead the OT in forging this path, and am profoundly grateful to all the many people who have worked along the way to make this improbable success happen. It’s time to pass it forward now, and I wish my admirable successor Tom Littler all the very best, at the best theatre in the world.”