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Autumn at Richmond's Orange Tree Theatre



Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

RICHMOND'S Orange Tree Theatre has announced its forthcoming autumn season which begins with the British premiere of Deborah Brevoort's The Women of Lockerbie (pictured). It runs from September 2 to October 1, 2005 (previews from August 31).

Set on December 21, 1995, the seventh anniversary of the day Pan Am flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie, it centres on Madeline Livingston whose 20-year-old son was killed in the crash. In an effort to come to terms with her loss, she joins with similarly bereaved women in the search for an answer.

The cast includes Todd Boyce, Emma D'Inverno, Lisa Eichhorn, John Hudson, Nan Kerr and Colette O'Neil.

This is followed, from October 7 to November 5 (previews from October 5), by the world premiere of David Lewis' Monkey's Uncle.

Described as a light comedy bordering on farce, this madcap play focuses attention on the mayhem caused when our animal instincts and civilised veneers collide. It's all here - troubled marriages, casual affairs, professional jealousies and yes - an organ grinder's monkey.

Next, from November 11 to December 10 (previews from November 9), comes the UK premiere of Three in the Back, Two in the Head from Canadian writer Jason Sherman. First seen in Toronto in 1994, it tackles the thorny issue of American military policies.

The death - in suspicious circumstances - of a scientist and weapons designer who wanted his inventions used for peace, not only triggers umpteen conspiracy theories but questions personal and individual loyalties.

The final production, from December 16 to February 11, 2006 (previews from December 14), is John Vanbrugh's restoration comedy A Journey to London - a saucy tale of the scandal that befalls a country bumpkin and his family when they travel to the big city.

Although Vanbrugh started work on the play in 1704, he died before it was finished and it wasn't until 1975, when Sam Walters, artistic director of the Orange Tree, commissioned playwright James Saunders to add to and modify it, that it was finally completed. Eleven years later, it was staged at the theatre.

A Journey to London is part of the Orange Tree's tribute to the late James Saunders, the theatre's resident playwright for many years, who died in 2004.

His other works include the short plays Games, After Liverpool, Bye Bye Blues and Double Double which will be presented as double bills during A Journey to London's run.

 

 

 

 

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