The Orange Tree Theatre is renowned as a powerhouse producer of high-quality plays, in the heart of Richmond upon Thames.

We have a fifty-year history of staging vibrant new plays, rediscoveries and classics, and doing essential work with our local community. Curated by new Artistic Director, Tom Littler, our 2023-24 programme is our biggest, boldest and most ambitious yet.

With just 180 seats, ticket sales only account for half the cost to produce an ambitious and entertaining programme, and as a theatre operating without core funding from Arts Council England, philanthropic supporters are vital to creating this work.

For the first time, we are offering a limited range of project support opportunities. This support is vital to funding our exciting new programme. Opportunities include:

  • Production support

A fantastic way to help produce ambitious theatre of the highest quality in our unique, in-the-round space, whilst gaining an unprecedented insight into the creative process. You could even team up with friends to form a syndicate!

  • Sponsor a character

Help us bring extraordinary characters to life. Your support covers the actor’s fees for rehearsals and the run.

  • OT New Artists

OT New Artists has helped launch the careers of countless talented theatre professionals, including:

  • Writers Sonali Bhattacharyya, Zoe Cooper, Joe White
  • Directors Ned Bennett, Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu, Georgia Green, Diane Page
  • Designers Fly Davis, Max Johns, Georgia Lowe, Rosanna Vize

In the current climate for the arts, with diminishing opportunities for new artists to forge a career in theatre, you can help redress the balance by supporting our OT New Artists scheme. With opportunities across the organisation, from directing, to writing, design to stage management, within this impactful programme with long-reaching success, OT New Artists benefit from development, mentorship and a platform that will help cement their careers in the long-term. You’ll be invited to meet our New Artists, experience their work and witness their development over the year.

  • Community support

The OT works with 10,000 people in our community every year. From weekly participatory theatre groups for all ages (babies included!), to our partnership with Flute Theatre working with young people with Autism, to our renowned Primary Shakespeare project, introducing 1000’s of primary school children to Shakespeare for over 30 years. By supporting our Community Programme, you can help us reach more people, offer more bursaries, and continuously improve on our accessibility and inclusivity.

For more information about any of these opportunities, contact Development Director Rachel Williams at