★★★★ “A sparkling revival of Somerset Maugham’s comedy of manners…certainly no shortage of laughterThe Times

★★★★ “Littler’s debut production as artistic director at the Orange Tree is strongly acted and nicely judgedThe Guardian 

★★★★ “Nimbly combines humour with pain…a wonderfully waspish productionThe Stage

★★★★★ “All of the cast shine…if you love good theatre, you need to put this production of The Circle in your diaryLondon Living Large

★★★★ “Laugh out loud…an elegant exploration of social conventions and hidden passionsTheatre Weekly

Counting down the days to their wedding, Annie and her fiancé Bel are visited by an unexpected guest. An old friend of Annie’s: free spirit and troublemaker Flo, who announces she’ll be staying with them until their big day.

This surprise reunion evolves into a complicated love triangle with dangerous consequences that threaten to destroy Annie and Bel’s happily ever after…

Hannah Hauer-King directs Jessica Clark (The Wife of Willesden, Kiln Theatre), Ruby Crepin-Glyne (The Tempest, Pleasance), Viss Elliot Safavi (For Services Rendered, Jermyn Street Theatre), Saroja-Lily Ratnavel (Chasing Hares, Young Vic), Shuna Snow (The Ministry of Lesbian Affairs, Soho Theatre) and Sophie Ward (Young Sherlock Holmes). 

Production photos by Ali Wright


Jessica Clark

Ruby Crepin-Glyne

Viss Elliot Safavi

Saroja-Lily Ratnavel

Shuna Snow

Sophie Ward


Director Hannah Hauer-King
Designer Amy Jane Cook
Lighting Designer Elliot Griggs
Sound Designer & Composer Nicola T Chang
Assistant Director Sam Woof
Casting Consultant Polly Jerrold 
Fight & Intimacy Director Bethan Clark 
Deputy Stage Manager Sussan Sani
Assistant Stage Manager Laura Dewhirst