★★★★ “The brilliance of the dialogue and performances, and the rambunctious humour, mean that it's impossible not to have a good time…Strongly recommended.” WhatsOnStage

★★★★ “The False Servant is a smart, cynical comedy of power plays, naked greed and simmering sexual desire.” The Stage

★★★★ “Wildly funny and thoroughly enjoyable…this production completes a fantastic season and it feels as though the theatre hasn’t just recovered, it’s blossomed” Theatre Weekly 

★★★★ “Miller's production is light on its feet and very funny whilst maintaining a serious question about the nature of gender at its core.” Broadway World 

★★★★ “Bang-on performances…a couple of hours of non-stop fun” The Reviews Hub

When a man thinks he can cynically take a rich woman’s money and then run off with an even more lucrative potential fiancée, he’d best not tell the fiancée by mistake. Le Chevalier, a woman disguised as the son of an aristocrat, embarks on a plan that will expose the dark heart of this male power-play.

This version by Martin Crimp was acclaimed at its 2004 National Theatre premiere by The Telegraph: “Thrills, chills, and belly laughs – this addictively adult comedy has got the lot.”

Paul Miller directs, following his acclaimed production of Marivaux’s The Lottery of Love. Martin Crimp’s prolific international career began at the Orange Tree Theatre, including our recent hit revival of Dealing with Clair.

“Pierre Marivaux wrote a brilliant play and Martin Crimp’s translation is immaculate” Actor Will Brown speaks with Theatre Weekly

“Big, bold characters who know who they are, what they want and how they’re going to get it…or so they think.” Actor Phoebe Pryce speaks with The Artiscape

Note: The False Servant will have matinees on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 2.30pm from 16 June.

✅ Book with confidence: If a show is postponed or cancelled, we will offer credit for a future performance or a refund. If you or a member of your group cannot attend the performance just let us know up to 24 hours beforehand and we’ll help you exchange into an alternative performance or you can have credit to use another time.

Most performances are available to book at full capacity. There are also a selected number of distanced performances with face coverings and reduced capacity. Should you wish to transfer from a full capacity performance to a distanced performance for your comfort, please contact our Box Office team who will be happy to assist you.

 Distanced performances are available on:
Thu 16 June 7.30pm, Sat 18 June 2.30pm, Tue 21 June 7.30pm, Sat 25 June 2.30pm, Tue 28 June 2.30pm, Tue 28 June 7.30pm, Tue 5 July 7.30pm, Sat 9 July 2.30pm, Tue 12 July 7.30pm (also captioned performance), Thu 14 July 7.30pm (also audio described performance), Tue 19 July 2.30pm, Tue 19 July 7.30pm.

All other performances are at full capacity. 

✅ We ask you to please consider wearing a mask when joining us for a performance, to protect the actors and reduce risk of cancellations, however it is not a requirement of entry.


OT On Screen

The play will also be available to watch online from home via OT On Screen. 
Available to stream on demand at a time that suits you anytime between 7.30pm BST on 26 July 2022 and 11.59pm BST on 29 July 2022 BOOK HERE


Rehearsal photos by The Other Richard

Uzair Bhatti
Will Brown
Julian Moore-Cook
Phoebe Pryce
Lizzy Watts
Silas Wyatt-Barke
DirectorPaul Miller
DesignerSimon Daw
Lighting Designer Mark Doubleday
Sound Designer & Composer Elizabeth Purnell
Casting ConsultantVicky Richardson CDG
Costume Supervisor Sarah Frances
Movement & Intimacy DirectorChristina Fulcher
Deputy Stage Manager Julia Crammer
Assistant Stage Manager Jamie Craker