Orange Tree Theatre

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What you need to know about Orange Tree Theatre:

Orange Tree Theatre is a venue in Richmond that punches above its weight when it comes to quality of output versus size of venue. It produces and co-produces both new writing and forgotten classics. Children’s theatre and Christmas shows are also included in its schedule. Its in-the-round space allows audience members in the 172 seats to be close to the performers and allows for innovative set design.

The theatre was established in 1971, but moved to its current home in a converted Victorian primary school in 1991. They added a modern extension in 2003.

The venue’s home in leafy Richmond belies the forward-facing and challenging programming of the Orange Tree Theatre. Their plays are thoroughly worth the journey for those who don’t live locally.

Paul Miller is the Artistic Director. 

Top facts about Orange Tree Theatre:

  1. Orange Tree Theatre used to be housed in the Orange Tree pub just across the road until it moved to its present home in 1991.
  2. The theatre won the Empty Space Peter Brook Award in 2006 and 2015.
  3. Orange Tree Theatre has a thriving community programme that involves 20,000 young people each year.

Key information about Orange Tree Theatre:


Tube: Richmond tube station (District line) is a one minute walk from the venue.

Train: Richmond train station is served by South West and London Overground trains and is a one minute walk from the venue.

Bus: Bus numbers 65, 190, 371, 391, 419, 490, 493, R68, R70, H22, H37, and N22 all stop at Richmond Station; and numbers 33 and 337 stop in central Richmond. To plan your journey in more detail, please visit the Transport for London website.

Parking: The nearest car parks are at Old Deer Park (off the A316), which is a five minute walk from the venue and is free after 6:30pm. Alternately, there is a NCP car park at Richmond station (one minute walk from the venue). Limited on-street parking is available for free after 6:30pm.

Accessibility info:

Orange Tree Theatre is wheelchair accessible via a ramp at the front of the building. The venue is fitted with lifts and accessible toilets.

The theatre is fitted with a Sennheiser Infra-red Hearing System. Please notify the box office when booking if you want to borrow a receiver to use with the system.

Working dogs are welcoming in all areas of the theatre. They can either accompany their owner into the auditorium or a friendly member of staff will dog-sit. Please arrange either option in advance with the box office.

To discuss all access requirements and to book tickets, please phone 020 8940 3633.

Access performances:

Orange Tree Theatre schedules Captioned, Audio-described and Relaxed performances. For more details of future performances please visit their website or contact the box office.


Orange Tree Theatre has its own bar that is open from one hour before performances start. Visitors can purchase alcoholic and soft drinks, including teas and coffees, plus small snacks. If you are looking for sit-down dining, the theatre is a stone’s throw from central Richmond. It is also right next to the Orange Tree pub.

For more information visit the Orange Tree Theatre’s website.