A Very Good War: Dan Rebellato on While the Sun Shines

11 November 2021

Although more recently British theatre has paid particular attention to his more sombre plays, in the 1930s and 1940s, Terence Rattigan was mostly celebrated for his comedies. Just as French Without Tears delighted audiences in the 1930s, While the Sun Shines was one of the most effervescent theatrical experiences of the 1940s, comfortably outlasting the war that was its setting. While the Sun Shines is a farce, not a form that Rattigan worked in very often – despite the pleasure he took in meticulous play construction.

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Cast announced for return of Terence Rattigan comedy WHILE THE SUN SHINES

20 October 2021

One of the most successful productions in Orange Tree history is returning and we're excited to announce the cast for this five-star hit show. A rare revival of Terence Rattigan's greatest hit; it played for over 1,000 performances in the West End when it opened in 1943. The Guardian said it “Comes up fresh as paint”. Artistic Director “Paul Miller’s delightful production fizzes with fun... Make hay with a glorious night of theatre.” (Evening Standard).

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Bryony Lavery on Last Easter

24 June 2021

Playwright Bryony Lavery talks to OT Literary Associate Guy Jones about her 2004 play Last Easter, which receives its London premiere at the OT from 3 July.

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Diane Page announced as winner of the JMK Award

17 May 2021

Diane Page is the winner of this year’s JMK Award with her production of Statements after an Arrest under the Immorality Act by Athol Fugard about a interracial relationship under threat in Apartheid South Africa. This OT production - in association with the JMK Award - is part of our Recovery Season, previewing from 28 August. It will also be streamed live via OT On Screen on 23 and 24 September.

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Cast announced for SHAW SHORTS

26 April 2021

Alex Bhat, Joe Bolland, Jordan Mifs├║d, Dorothea Myer-Bennett and Hara Yannas will appear in the two short plays that make up SHAW SHORTS - How He Lied to Her Husband and Overruled. Our first plays to reopen the theatre to in person audiences from 22 May, they're directed by Artistic Director Paul Miller, following his hugely successful rediscoveries of Shaw's early plays Candida, Misalliance, The Philanderer and Widowers' Houses.

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