It was a special treat to make the easy expedition yesterday evening to the delightful small town of Richmond. It is a mere 20 minutes on the underground from home, and it is technically in London forming part of the London borough of Richmond-upon-Thames. But it certainly feels agreeably away from the bustle of the city. Kew Gardens and Hampton Court are near by, and the River Thames is particularly pretty at this part of its winding way towards London.
Alas it was a wet miserable day yesterday so I did not go early to enjoy a riverside walk, but instead arrived just in time for the really excellent and most enjoyable production of the somewhat harrowing playYours for the Asking by Ana Diosdado. It runs through to October 6 and is worth taking trouble to see it. With a strong ensemble and a virtuoso central performance by Mia Austen, I feel encouraged to pop down there again.
Next month they will produce the British premiere of Jules Feiffer's The White House Murder Case, just the thing as we prepare our heads for US election day! It will be directed by the immensely distinguished veteran British director, Christopher Morahan.
The 41 year old Orange Tree Theatre, is a national, not just a local, treasure. Click the link for its history. I am enjoying discovering bits of London life.......and by the way the Orange Tree Pub next to the theatre is the real thing - with real ale too of course.