A Lot to Sing About: 'Next Time I'll Sing to You' at The Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond
I saw this play last November and forgot to post the blog. A recent visit to Richmond's other theatre (see below) reminded me to look it up.
This must be one of the best fringe theatres venue in London. For a start, the well-padded seating is arranged on four sides of a smallish central space, so the audience is never far from the actors.
The technical apparatus is good so that minimal staging is enhanced by state-of-the-art lighting and sound
There's a bar serving reasonably-priced drinks, for, as is often the case with fringe theatres, it's attached to a well-attended pub.
This venue scores well for other criteria, too - it's within a short walk of a tube/ train station, has an
efficient and pleasantly manned box office, and a cosy foyer decked with photos of previous productions.
The programme contents were excellent, giving information about the background and origins of the play and the writer's inspiration plus actor biographies and and a potted theatre history.
It certainly eases a reviewer's task.
Here's my review of the play on The Public Reviews website