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Orange Tree Theatre : Jess and Joe Forever

Meet Jess and Joe.

They want to tell you their story. Joe is Norfolk born and bred and wears wellies. Jess holidays there with her au pair and is slightly too tubby for her summer dresses. They are miles apart even when they stand next to each other. This is a story of growing up, fitting in (or not), boys, girls, secrets, scotch eggs and maybe even love, but most of all, it's about friendship.

Spanning several summer holidays, Jess and Joe Forever is an unusual coming of age tale that explores rural life and what it means to belong somewhere, if you can really belong anywhere.A layered and thoughtful play about finding your place in the world when you only know a small corner of it.

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Orange Tree Theatre

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Orange Tree Theatre

Sep-Oct
8-8
   

Teddington Theatre Club : THE END OF THE AFFAIR

Greene's post-war perspective on infidelity, faith and guilt

It is 1946. Henry Miles, a civil servant, suspects that his wife Sarah is having an affair and asks his friends Maurice Bendrix to contact a private investigator on his behalf. Maurice has a secret however: he was once Sarah's lover and is equally keen to find out whether she was unfaithful to him too.

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  • Performance times: Sunday 6pm, weekdays 7.45pm
  • Ticket prices: £12.00 & £14.00
  • Box office: Telephone: 0845 838 7529 (10am - 8pm) Online: ttc-boxoffice.org.uk

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Hampton Hill Theater

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Teddington Theatre Club

Sep-Oct
25-1
   
The End of the Affair

Richmond Theatre : Relatively Speaking

As funny as anything Ayckbourn has ever written' The TimesThe most brilliant comedy of misunderstandings to have been written in the past 40 years' Daily Telegraph Greg only met Ginny a month ago but has already made up his mind that she's the girl for him. When she tells him that she's going to visit her parents, he decides this is the moment to ask her father for his daughter's hand.

Discovering a scribbled address, he follows her to Buckinghamshire where he finds Philip and Sheila enjoying a peaceful Sunday morning breakfast in the garden, but the only thing is - they're not Ginny's parents.Beautifully crafted, wonderfully funny and charmingly English, Relatively Speaking was Alan Ayckbourn's first great West End success and turned him into a household name. When the show opened at the Duke of York's Theatre in 1967, the critics hailed the arrival of a great new comic talent...

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Richmond Theatre

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Richmond Theatre

October
3-8
   

Orange Tree Theatre : Blue Heart

Nearly 20 years after its Royal Court premiere, the first major revival of two exhilarating one act plays by visionary playwright . sees a family awaiting their daughter's return from Australia, though in a series of alternative scenarios, the play collapses as it keeps veering off in unexpected and ridiculous directions. tells the story of conman Derek and the five women he misleads into believing he is their biological son. Try as he might, Derek's plans are scuppered as the play is invaded by a virus.

In Churchill's ever-inventive style, the plays pull apart language and structure in a way that is theatrically remarkable and fast paced, in a stirring yet truthful exploration of family and relationships. is one of the country's foremost contemporary playwrights. Her incredible career includes the plays Top Girls, Cloud Nine, A Number and Escaped Alone. returns to the Orange Tree following his production of Alice Birch's Little Light. He has directed the premieres of recent Philip Ridley plays Dark Vanilla Jungle, Radiant Vermin and Tonight With Donny Stixx.

"A fiendishly clever and surreal play, timed to perfection"

First produced by Out of Joint and the Royal Court Theatre at Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds on 14 August 1997

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Orange Tree Theatre

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Orange Tree Theatre

Oct-Nov
13-19
   

Richmond Theatre : Stick Man

Scamp Theatre's delightful adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's hugely popular children's book Stick Man is coming to venues across the UK! Touching, funny and utterly original, this award winning production features a trio of top actors and is packed full of puppetry, songs, live music and funky moves...

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Richmond Theatre

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Richmond Theatre

October
14-15
   

Richmond Theatre : A Room With A View

With its cast of vivid characters, this elegant comedy written in 1908 is widely recognised as one of the finest novels of the twentieth century. The award winning Merchant Ivory film adaptation in 1985 was voted number nine in The Guardian's list of the best romantic films of all time.Felicity Kendal plays Charlotte Bartlett. One of the UK's most popular actresses, she shot to fame in The Good Life and has won numerous awards for her stage work. Recent credits include Alan Ayckbourn's Relatively Speaking and Noel Coward's Hay Fever, both of which enjoyed successful West End runs.

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Richmond Theatre

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Richmond Theatre

October
17-22
   

Richmond Theatre : Stepping Out

Wonderfully funny and heart-warming, Stepping Out starring Amanda Holden (Shrek the Musical, Britain's Got Talent), Angela Griffin (Waterloo Road, One Man Two Guvnors), Tracy-Ann Oberman (Eastenders, New Tricks), Tamsin Outhwaite (Eastenders, New Tricks) and Nicola Stephenson (His Girl Friday, War Horse), steps onto our stage from Monday 24 - Saturday 29 October.

Charting the lives of seven women and one man attempting to tap their troubles away at a weekly dancing class. Initially all thumbs and left feet, the group is just getting to grips with the basics when they are asked to take part in a charity gala...

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Richmond Theatre

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Richmond Theatre

October
24-29
   

Orange Tree Theatre : The Tempest

★★★★★ "Kelly Hunter's brilliantly interactive adaptation of The Tempest for children with autism is fantastic fun" Coventry Telegraph"Today was the first time I forgot myself and was just there" 14 year old with AspergersFifteen children on the spectrum become the participants for each performance, sitting with six actors in a circle on the floor around a painted floor cloth, which represents Prospero's island. The children's families sit just behind them on an outer circle of chairs. The actors invite the children to join them on the island as the story unfolds through sensory games, which the children and actors play together.

Although the games and the narrative remain the same for each performance, the show is completely different every time depending on the nature of the children and young people who attend. The almost immediate emergence that so many of the children experience through playing the games within the transformative space of this theatrical experience is overwhelming.

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Orange Tree Theatre

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Orange Tree Theatre

Oct-Nov
25-4
   

Richmond Shakespeare Society : The Merchant of Venice

by William Shakespeare, directed by John Gilbert

Antonio, a merchant of Venice borrows from Shylock, a money lender, in order to fund his closest friend Bassanio's courtship of Portia... A universal tale where friendship and love face fortune, enmity and greed. This is without doubt the most thought provoking and human of Shakespeare's comedies.

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Mary Wallace Theatre

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Richmond Shakespeare Society

November
5-12
   

Orange Tree Theatre : Sheppey

Sheppey has always considered himself a lucky man.

When this hardworking hairdresser wins the lottery everyone wants a piece of the prize: his wife wants a charlady, his daughter wants to finance her wedding, his son-in-law to forge a career in politics and his employer hopes he has a new business partner.

But Sheppey has other ideas that will throw the family home into chaos. Charity begins at home, they say, but where does it end?The first major production in over 50 years of 's warm-hearted, beguiling last play is directed by Artistic Director , following his hugely popular revivals of plays by Bernard Shaw, Terence Rattigan, Doris Lessing and DH Lawrence.

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Orange Tree Theatre

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Orange Tree Theatre

Nov-Jan
24-7
   

Richmond Shakespeare Society : Oh! What a Lovely War

by Joan Littlewood and the Theatre Workshop, directed by Louise Stenson

At turns satirical, funny and deeply moving, Oh! What a Lovely War has a style all of its own, combining music, dance, songs and sketches to create a picture of life during the First World War for those on the front line and those behind it.

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Mary Wallace Theatre

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Richmond Shakespeare Society

December
10-17
   

Orange Tree Theatre : Extra Yarn

On a cold, dark day in a dull, grey town, Annabelle discovers a box of brightly coloured yarn. She knits a cosy jumper to keep herself toasty warm and finds, to her surprise, that she still has yarn left over. So she decides to knit her dog Mars a jumper too but she STILL has extra yarn!Annabelle knits and knits and, soon, she's blanketed the entire town in a rainbow of colour. Her fame spreads far and wide. It doesn't take long for the evil Archduke to set his beady eyes upon Annabelle's magical box of yarn but, little does he know, you have to have a little bit of magic inside your heart for it to work...Join us for a quirky family Christmas treat.

A warm, woolly hug of music, enchantment and never-ending knitting!Come along wearing your favourite Christmas jumper to take part in our Christmas Jumper Competition.

To accompany the production a series of knitting-related Community events will be held at the Theatre over December.

Join a knitting circle, swap tips and yarn or teach someone to knit - come and take part in all things .

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Orange Tree Theatre

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Orange Tree Theatre

Dec-Jan
16-7
   

Orange Tree Theatre : Winter Solstice

Christmas Eve.

Bettina and her husband Albert aren't happy.

Bettina's mother is staying for the holidays.

Which is awkward.

Not least because Bettina's mother met a man on the train.

And now she's invited him around for drinks... Family, betrayal and the inescapable presence of the past reverberate through the UK premiere of 's razor-sharp comedy.

Previous plays include and both presented by .Schimmelpfennig is the most performed playwright in Germany and one of the country's most exciting original voices, with productions of his work worldwide in over 40 countries."ATC produces work that inspires me to reconsider what a play can be and what theatre can do. Magical."

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Orange Tree Theatre

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Orange Tree Theatre

Jan-Feb
12-11
   

Richmond Shakespeare Society : The Weir

by Conor McPherson, directed by Harry Medawar

'The Weir', by Conor McPherson, has been widely acclaimed. The play is set in a rural pub in the west of Ireland, a country full of tales of fairies, ghosts and angels. Four regulars and a newcomer to the area - a "blow in" - spend a winter's evening telling stories. They discover things about each other and themselves that will stay with them - and you - forever.

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Mary Wallace Theatre

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Richmond Shakespeare Society

January
21-28
   

Orange Tree Theatre : Twelfth Night

Bruised egos, broken hearts and drunken relatives.

Gender and class politics combine to create fizzing tensions and fraught encounters.

Get tangled up in Shakespeare's darkest comedy.

Playing in under 90 minutes, 6 actors bring Shakespeare's feisty language to life in a fast-paced and intimate production.

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Orange Tree Theatre

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Orange Tree Theatre

March
18-25