Sam Walters celebrates 40 years at the Orange Tree Theatre

16th September 2011

VIDEO: Sam Walters talks about 40 years of the Orange Tree


The artistic director of the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond talks to Carole Woddis about what it feels like to be the longest-serving head of a theatre in the country, and about his exceptional venue, which began as a pub theatre and then in 1991 moved across the road into a converted church which houses the only purpose-built theatre-in-the-round in London. Recorded at the Orange Tree, 12 September 2011.

In 1971, the landlord showed us the room, saying, “If you want to do lunchtime theatre, do it!” And “If you can bring people here at lunchtime, mate, you are a better man than I am!”