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Directors’ Showcase. Orange Tree Theatre. 29 June – 9 July.

Monday, 6 June, 2011

The Directors’ Showcase at the Orange Tree Theatre, in Richmond, south London, runs from 29 June to 9 July 2011, with a double bill.

Winter by Jon Fosse, directed by Teunkie van der Sluijs, is designed by Sam Dowson. A tired businessman meets a woman in a city park. Beautiful but dishevelled, she presents an enigma that he finds difficult to resist. He brings her to his hotel room, and sets in motion a compelling liaison that will alter their lives for ever.

Then The Snow Came by Oscar Wilde, adapted and directed by Jimmy Grimes. Designed by Katy Mills. When Stuart tells Mickey this touching tale of social conscience, love and loyalty, the pair embark on a journey that echoes the fragility of their own lives. But in the end, loyal as they both are, each will have to deal with their own personal dilemmas.

Teunkie van der Sluijs and Jimmy Grimes are the current Trainee Directors at the Orange Tree Theatre. The scheme has been in operation since 1986 and has provided the first important step for many young directors who are now succeeding in various areas of British theatre.

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