London's Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond Appoints Paul Miller as New Artistic Director

News   London's Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond Appoints Paul Miller as New Artistic Director The Orange Tree Theatre, located in Richmond in Southwest London, has appointed Paul Miller as its new artistic director, succeeding the theatre's founder, Sam Walters, beginning in July 2014.

Currently an associate director at Sheffield Crucible, where he has been based since 2009, Miller's productions there have included Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, DH Lawrence's The Daughter-in-Law, Michael Frayn's Democracy (which transferred to the Old Vic), Hamlet with John Simm, Sam Shepard's True West and Peter Gill's Mean Tears. He will next direct Wonderful Tennessee at Sheffield's Lyceum Theatre as part of the theatre's Brian Friel Season.

Elsewhere, he has directed extensively at the National, including a revival cast of The History Boys for the West End and a U.K. tour, Roy Williams' Baby Girl and Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads, Dennis Kelly's DNA, Lin Coghlan's The Miracle, Victoria Benedictsson's The Enchantment and Simon Bent's The Associate. He was previously associate artist at the Bush, where he directed Simon Bent's Sugar Sugar, Goldhawk Road and Bad Company and Lin Coghlan's Kingfisher Blue. Other credits include the West End production of Simon Bent's adaptation of Elling, Richard Bean's Honeymoon Suite at the Royal Court and Jonathan Harvey's Hushabye Mountain at Hampstead Theare and on a U.K tour for English Touring Theatre.

In a press statement, he commented, "I am thrilled and honoured to succeed Sam Walters at the Orange Tree. Sam has created a very special place: an intimate in-the-round space where new plays and neglected treasures shed light on each other. It's a privilege to take his vision forward and I can't wait to start putting the new and the rare together in the Orange Tree's unique way."

Walters, who founded the theatre in 1972, added, "I am delighted that Paul Miller is taking over from me. I wish him all the very best and know that he will find our audiences as committed, supportive and demanding as I have."

For further details on the theatre and its current program, visit http://www.orangetreetheatre.co.uk/.

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