London's Orange Tree Theatre to Stage Three-Part Stage Adaptation of George Eliot's Middlemarch, Plus Other Productions

News   London's Orange Tree Theatre to Stage Three-Part Stage Adaptation of George Eliot's Middlemarch, Plus Other Productions
The Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond, South West London, has announced its slate of productions for the fall season, which will include Middlemarch, a three-part stage adaptation of George Eliot's novel of the same name, plus the world premiere of American playwright Susan Glaspell's 1943 play Spring Eternal and the London premiere of Neil Bartlett's production of The Pianist, from the memoir of Wladyslaw Szpilman that was also turned into a film of the same name by Roman Polanski.

Spring Eternal, which will begin performances in September, will be directed by artistic director Sam Walters. Set in New York State, author Owen is married to Margaret, but his ex-wife Harry is still very much present following her husband Stewie’s elopement with the much younger Dottie. The effect of World War II resonates as a damaging revelation about Owen and Harry's son emerges. The Orange Tree first rediscovered Glaspell’s work with The Verge, followed by Inheritors, Chains of Dew, Alison's House and the short plays Trifles, Suppressed Desires and The Outside. Glaspell and her husband George Cram Cook founded the Provincetown Players, one of the first modern American theatre companies, and discovered Eugene O’Neill and presented his early work. The Middlemarch Trilogy, comprising Dorothea's Story, The Doctor's Story and Fred & Mary, has been adapted by Geoffrey Beevers, who also directs. He previously adapted and directed George Eliot's Adam Bede for the Orange Tree in 1990.  Part One opens in October, Part Two in November, and Part Three in December. All three parts will play in repertory from late December until February 2014.

The Pianist, first seen at the Manchester International Festival in 2007, will receive its London premiere in a limited run in January. Based upon the memoirs of Wladyslaw Szpilman, it is the harrowing story of one man’s time in the Warsaw Ghetto during the Nazi occupation. Using Szpilman’s original text, narrated by actor Peter Guinness and the music of Chopin, played by international concert pianist Mikhail Rudy, it is directed by Neil Bartlett.

Public booking will not open until July. For further details, visit

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