Blue/Orange archiveIn a London mental hospital, an enigmatic patient claims to be the son of an exiled African dictator. As the drama unfolds, his story becomes unnervingly plausible. Joe Penhall's first play for the National is an incendiary tale about race, madness and a Darwinian power struggle at the heart of a dying NHS. His previous work includes Some Voices and Pale Horse (both Royal Court), Love and Understanding (Bush) and The Bullet (Donmar). Winner of Critics' Circle Award 2000 for Best New Play.


Author: Joe Penhall
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Archive listings for Blue/Orange

Work type: Play.


Director James Dacre. Design Simon Kenny. Sound Tony Gayle. Music Valgeir Sigurdsson. Director Francesca Murray-Fuentes. ConsultantHazel Holder (voice and dialect coach). ConsultantEllie Manners (voice and dialect coach). Performer Giles Terera. Performer Michael Balogun. Performer Ralph Davis.
23 Nov 21 to 4 Dec 21Royal & Derngate, Northampton :: V449
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16 Nov 21 to 20 Nov 21The Playhouse, Oxford :: V803
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29 Oct 21 to 13 Nov 21Theatre Royal, Bath :: V854
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Producer Questors.
3 May 19 to 11 May 19Questor's Theatre, Outer London :: V326
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Producer Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Director Daniel Bailey. Design Amelia Jane Hankin. Lighting Azusa Ono. Sound Clive Meldrum. Director Emily Jones (casting director). Director Lanre Malaolu. Director Stephen Kemble (voice director). Director Jack McMahon. Performer Thomas Coombes (Bruce). Performer Richard Lintern (Robert). Performer Ivan Oyik (Christopher).
1 Feb 19 to 16 Feb 19Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham :: V143
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Company Tower Theatre. Director Colette Dockery.
3 Jul 18 to 7 Jul 18Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Inner London :: V1170
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Company Straw Bear.
24 Mar 17 to 25 Mar 17Northern Stage, Newcastle upon Tyne :: V568
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Producer Young Vic. Director Matthew Xia. Design Jeremy Herbert. Lighting Adam Silverman. Sound Carolyn Downing. Director Joseph Alford (movement director). Performer Daniel Kaluuya. Performer Luke Norris. Performer David Haig.
12 May 16 to 2 Jul 16The Young Vic, West End :: V245
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Company Canoe Theatre. Director Julia Thomas. Design Charlotte Neville. Performer Matthew Bulgo. Performer Simon Mokhele. Performer Craig Pinder.
21 Jan 14 to 23 Jan 14Sherman Theatre, Cardiff :: V824
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Producer Howard Panter. Producer Adam Speers. Producer Evanna White (for the Ambassador Theatre Group). Producer Theatre Royal Brighton Productions. Director Christopher Luscombe. Performer Robert Bathurst (Robert). Performer Gerard McCarthy (Bruce). Performer Oliver Wilson (Christopher).
27 Nov 12 to 1 Dec 12Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent :: V124
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20 Nov 12 to 24 Nov 12Opera House, Manchester :: V488
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13 Nov 12 to 17 Nov 12Richmond Theatre, Outer London :: V327
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6 Nov 12 to 10 Nov 12Theatre Royal, Glasgow :: V623
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30 Oct 12 to 3 Nov 12Churchill Theatre, Bromley :: V302
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23 Oct 12 to 27 Oct 12Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham :: V140
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16 Oct 12 to 20 Oct 12New Victoria Theatre, Woking :: V709
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9 Oct 12 to 13 Oct 12Grand Opera House, York :: V957
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25 Sep 12 to 29 Sep 12Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury :: V1452754579
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13 Sep 12 to 22 Sep 12Theatre Royal, Brighton :: V657
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Suitable for 12+Company 2 Heavy Productions. Director Stephen Macaulay.
30 May 12 to 2 Jun 12South Hill Park Arts Centre, Wilde Theatre, Bracknell :: V731
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Producer Theatre Royal York. Director Juliet Forster. Performer Lekan Lewal (Christopher). Performer Michael Beckley (Dr Robert Smith). Performer Jonathan Race (Dr Bruce Flaherty).
26 Apr 12 to 19 May 12Theatre Royal, York :: V954
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All female production. Some adjustments to the original script has been neccessary.Company Tiata Fahodzi. Director Femi Elufowoju Jr. Design ULTZ. Music Simon McCorry. Sound Simon McCorry. Lighting Jo Joelson. Performer Ayesha Antoine (Juliet). Performer Esther Hall (Emily). Performer Helen Schlesinger (Hilary).
27 Oct 10 to 20 Nov 10Arcola, Inner London :: V1422226940
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Company RWCMD. Director Ian Hastings.
8 Dec 09 to 12 Dec 09Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff :: V827
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Running time 2hrs 30mins (with interval)Company Sell a Door Theatre Company. Director David Hutchinson. Performer Peter Collis. Performer Pete Marco. Performer Tarl Caple. Performer Carl Vorwerk. Performer John Edon. Performer David Hutchinson.
10 Nov 09 to 6 Dec 09Greenwich Playhouse, Outer London :: V1286
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Company Plain Clothers Theatre Productions. Director Sam Berger.
7 Nov 08 to 8 Nov 08The Rondo, Bath :: V855
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9 Oct 08Swindon Arts Centre, Swindon :: V927
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30 Sep 08 to 4 Oct 08Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham :: V90
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16 Sep 08 to 20 Sep 08The Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol :: V1384579886
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Company Restock Theatre. Director Hilary Burns. Design Pip Nash. Lighting Paul Green. Performer Al Gregg (Bruce). Performer Tunji Falana (Chris). Performer Chris Barritt (Robert).
4 Mar 08 to 22 Mar 08New Wimbledon Theatre, Outer London :: V341
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Company Fervent Theatre. Director Jonathan Bidgood. Design Jeremy Bidgood.
5 Sep 06 to 24 Sep 06The Courtyard at Covent Garden, Inner London :: V527081082
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Producer Abbey Theatre. Director Annabelle Comyn. Design Paul O'Mahoney. Lighting Sinead Wallace. Costume Niamh Lunny. Performer Emmanuel Ighodaro.
20 Jun 06 to 13 Jul 06The Abbey Theatre, Dublin :: V01247620447
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Company Putney Theatre Company (PTC). Performer Alex Turner (Bruce). Performer Jazz Lintott-Bruce (Christoper). Performer Keith Hill (Robert).
20 Jun 06 to 24 Jun 06Putney Arts Theatre, Outer London :: V363
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Producer Palace Theatre Watford. Director Joyce Branagh.
18 May 06 to 10 Jun 06Watford Palace Theatre, Watford :: V55
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Director Vik Sivalingam.
1 Jun 06 to 3 Jun 06New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich :: V81
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Producer Octagon Theatre. Director Mark Babych. Design Hannah Clark. Costume Hannah Clark. Performer Daniel Poyser (Christopher). Performer Justin Brett (Bruce). Performer Stuart Fox (Robert).
4 May 06 to 27 May 06Octagon Theatre, Bolton :: V480
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Company Rapture Theatre. Director Michael Emans. Design Lynn McAndrew. Lighting Davy Cunningham. Performer Jimmy Chisholm. Performer Greg Powrie. Performer Christopher John Hall.
17 Jun 05 to 18 Jun 05Dundee Repertory Theatre, Dundee :: V596
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4 Jun 05Beacon Arts Centre (formerly Arts Guild Theatre), Greenock :: V1047
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3 Jun 05Eastgate Theatre and Arts Centre, Peebles :: V774625305
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31 May 05 to 1 Jun 05Mull Little Theatre, Dervaig :: V595
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30 May 05Corran Halls, Oban :: V636
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27 May 05Lanternhouse Arts, Cumbernauld :: V594
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25 May 05Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy :: V629
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20 May 05 to 21 May 05East Kilbride Arts Centre, East Kilbride :: V1023
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19 May 05Gaiety Theatre, Ayr :: V591
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17 May 05Howden Park Centre, Livingston :: V01301710938
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15 May 05MacRobert Arts Centre, Stirling :: V642
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10 May 05 to 14 May 05Citizens Theatre, Glasgow :: V611
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7 May 05Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh :: V633
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5 May 05 to 6 May 05Byre Theatre, St Andrews :: V640
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4 May 05Motherwell Theatre, Motherwell :: V632
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29 Apr 05 to 30 Apr 05Paisley Arts Centre, Paisley :: V582
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Company Rapture Theatre Company.
19 May 05Gaiety Theatre, Ayr :: V591
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Producer Sheffield Theatre. Director Kathy Burke. Design Paul Wills. Lighting Paul Keogan. Performer Roger Lloyd Pack (Robert). Performer Jimmy Akingbola (Christopher). Performer Shaun Evans (Dr Bruce Flaherty).
22 Mar 05 to 26 Mar 05Arts Theatre, Cambridge :: V19
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8 Mar 05 to 12 Mar 05Theatre Royal, Brighton :: V657
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1 Mar 05 to 5 Mar 05Royal & Derngate, Northampton :: V449
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2 Feb 05 to 26 Feb 05Sheffield Theatres, Sheffield :: V962
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Cancelled - T46204833

10 Nov 04 to 11 Nov 04Byre Theatre, St Andrews :: V640
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Producer Theatre by the Lake Productions. Director Stefan Escreet. Design Elizabeth Wright. Performer Justin Brett. Performer Daniel Poyser. Performer Kenneth Price.
28 May 04 to 5 Nov 04The Theatre By The Lake, Keswick :: V7
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Company Royal National Theatre. Director Roger Michell. Design William Dudley. Lighting Rick Fisher. Sound Neil Alexander. Performer David Threlfall. Performer Neil Stuke. Performer Shaun Parkes.
24 Apr 01 to 15 Dec 01Duchess Theatre, West End :: V391
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With support from NT New Drama Circle.Company Royal National Theatre. Producer Michael Codron. Producer Lee Dean. Director Roger Michell. Design William Dudley. Lighting Rick Fisher. Sound Neil Alexander. Performer Chiwetel Ejiofor. Performer Bill Nighy. Performer Andrew Lincoln.
7 Apr 00 to 23 Aug 00Dorfman Theatre (National Theatre), West End :: V375
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Other listings

10 Jan 18 to 13 Jan 18Garrick Theatre, Stockport :: V504
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19 Nov 07 to 24 Nov 07Progress Theatre, Reading :: V737
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26 Oct 07 to 10 Nov 07New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme :: V119
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10 Oct 06 to 3 Nov 06The Broadway Theatre, Outer London :: V314
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