London’s Orange Tree to Offer U.K. Premiere of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ An Octoroon

News   London’s Orange Tree to Offer U.K. Premiere of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ An Octoroon
The season will also include plays by Clare McIntyre and Marivaux.
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

The new season at the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond, South-West London, is to include the U.K. premiere of Pulitzer Prize nominee Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' OBIE-Award winning play An Octoroon. It will begin performances May 18, 2017, prior to an official opening May 24, for a run through June 24.

The play, which was first seen at Soho Rep in 2014 and transferred to Theatre for a New Audience, uses the plot of the Irish playwright Dion Boucicault’s 1859 melodrama The Octoroon as the starting point for the play about identity. In it, Judge Peyton is dead, and his plantation Terrebonne is in financial ruins. Peyton’s handsome nephew George arrives as heir apparent, and quickly falls in love with Zoe, a beautiful “octoroon” (a person of one-eighth black ancestry). But M’Closky has other plans — for both Terrebonne and Zoe.

Jacobs-Jenkins' other plays include the 2015 Pulitzer-nominated play Gloria, War, Appropriate, and Neighbors. It will be directed by Ned Bennett, whose production of Pomona, also seen at the Orange Tree, transferred to the National Theatre and Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre.

The new season at the Orange Tree will also include the first major revival of Clare McIntyre’s Low Level Panic, which premiered at the Royal Court in 1988; it will begin performances February 16, prior to an official opening February 20, for a run through March 25. Also on the slate is Marivaux’s The Lottery of Love in a previously unseen version by John Fowles setting it in Regency England; performances will begin March 30, prior to an official opening April 3, for a run through May 13.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 8940 3633 or visit

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