“One of London's most historically significant new writing theatres re-discovered for a new generation...First place I ever attended a writing workshop.” Simon Stephens
The Orange Tree aims to challenge, move and amaze with a bold and continually evolving mix of new and re-discovered plays in our unique in-the-round space. They like to change lives by telling remarkable stories from a wide variety of times and places, filtered through the singular imagination of our writers and the remarkable close-up presence of our actors.
They have presented new plays by writers in formative moments of their careers, and provoked radical re-evaluations of others by revisiting earlier work. Martin Crimp, Vaclav Havel and Torben Betts have sat alongside rediscoveries of Rodney Ackland, Harley Granville Barker, Susan Glaspell and Githa Sowerby, amongst many others. In our current season new plays by Alice Birch, Alastair McDowall and Deborah Bruce rub shoulders with work by Doris Lessing and Mustapha Matura.
They are committed to providing a home for establishing playwrights by offering opportunities to develop, make connections and have their work seen through our Writers Collective, and workshops and readings where possible.