08 March 2018 – 14 April 2018

by Charlotte Jones

â??â??â??â?? "Paul Miller’s superb revival... Selina Cadell’s performance, one of the best pieces of acting you will see anywhere. All the performances are perfectly in key. Jonathan Broadbent plays Felix as a man steeped in theoretical science but unable to cope with life, Belinda Lang brings out the cruelty of his appearance-obsessed mother and Paul Bradley plays her neighbour with the right lascivious bombast. Simon Daw’s garden set also suggests a Cotswold Eden filled not only with bees but with hidden serpents." Michael Billington, The Guardian

â??â??â??â?? "a sparkling revival of a modern classic... both very clever and very funny... fast and furious, with each character brilliantly delineated... still fresh and relevant." Ben Lawrence, The Telegraph

â??â??â??â?? "The Orange Tree Theatre is making an excellent habit of dusting off exactly the plays from the recent past that you most want to see... It's a generous play, with hope in its heart, and it feels very good to spend an evening in its company." 
Sarah Crompton, WhatsOnStage

â??â??â??â?? "The Orange Tree stage looks blooming marvellous for this entertaining revival of Charlotte Jones’s play...  Paul Miller’s production is both funny and touching." Jane Edwardes, The Sunday Times

â??â??â??â?? “This is a delightful staging, nostalgic and bittersweet, refreshing as a long sip of Pimm’s... As immediately impressive as Simon Daw’s design is (augmented nicely by Max Pappenheim’s subtle sounds of buzzing bees), Miller’s revival delivers more than just a lush aesthetic. There are six fantastic performances here too, and like the surrounding horticulture, they complement each other.” Rosemary Waugh, The Stage

â??â??â??â?? "Charlotte Jones’s 2001 play fuses Alan Ayckbourn’s agonising humour with the artful eloquence of Tom Stoppard, and Paul Miller’s revival — festooned with greenery by designer Simon Daw — cherishes its quirks… achieving warmth and poignancy... satisfyingly intricate and sometimes blissfully funny, and Miller’s well-cast production has a touching generosity." Henry Hitchings, Evening Standard

â??â??â??â?? “Good programming is an art, and Paul Miller is clearly on a continuous roll… Jones's writing is not only delightfully quirky, it is also generous in spirit and bursting with cleverness. Miller's highly enjoyable production, whose designer Simon Daw produces a garden full of fragrant blooms, is full of pleasurable moments” Aleks Sierz, The Arts Desk

â??â??â??â?? “Paul Miller’s production fizzes over with energy and half-concealed menace... Jones tears this family apart with the precision of a secateur-wielding botanist.” Alice Saville, Time Out

“A masterclass in writing from Charlotte Jones… this quite brilliant comedy… helmed by Paul Miller, that tears through its comic scenes at full pelt – laughing out loud is an inevitability as this is hilarious – yet breaks through into moments of real tenderness and heartfelt connection…” Victoria Sadler



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