The Company

The Company


Whether you have been with us for years or only joined us in the last few days. You are very welcome to this, our online home.

Many of you have joined us only recently during these difficult past months. It remains a very turbulent time for the theatre industry as a whole and whilst we hope to back on stage as soon as possible, we are very much reliant on factors well beyond our control. Presenting socially distanced theatre on stages alas doesn’t work for us at the moment, the potential audience is just too small for us to cover our costs as a touring company.

I want to thank all of you who have signed up, who have watched our shows and for the hundreds of emails we have received from all over the world with feedback, questions and ideas.

We read them all. It does feel, somewhat unexpectedly, as if we are at the beginnings of something. The feedback we received on Birdsong Online and Watching Rosie was so positive that it has encouraged us to keep exploring and at least, for the time being, to keep creating in this new form of online theatre.

My team and I would love to hear your thoughts on the sorts of shows and stories you would be interested to see us make, and also whether when theatres re-open whether you would still be interested in watching more plays online.

You can email me directly at [email protected] and I’ll try and reply to you all individually if I can.

Since March:

            •          We have produced 2 multi-camera streamings of our 2020 productions

            •          We have produced 4 made for online productions (July, Aug, Oct & Dec 2020)

            •          Streaming to over 32 countries including America, India, Canada and Australia

            •          Streamed to over 30,000 households worldwide

            •          Employed over 110 freelance theatre and film workers

            •          Created our own online steaming site



Operating and touring since 2004 the Original Theatre Company has toured extensively all over the UK.

The company now stages three productions each year as well as operating accompanying outreach and education programmes. Recent productions include The Croft by Ali Milles, Sarah Waters’ The Night Watch, Stephen Jeffreys’ Valued Friends (co-production with Rose Theatre Kingston) ; Torben Betts’ Caroline’s Kitchen (originally Monogamy), Alan Bennett’s The Habit of Art, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, Frederick Knott’s Wait Until Dark, national tours of Torben Betts’ Invincible, Emlyn Williams’ Night Must Fall, Terence Rattigan’s Flare Path and the award winning tours of Sebastian Faulks’s Birdsong adapted by Rachel Wagstaff.

Other productions include Three Men in a Boat (a co- production with the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, 2014 & 2015); the 50th anniversary production of Sir Peter Shaffer’s The Private Ear and The Public Eye, Our Country’s Good, See How They Run, Twelfth Night, Dancing at Lughnasa, Shakespeare’s R&J, Vincent in Brixton, The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello, The Madness of George III, starring the late, great Simon Ward; Journey’s End and The Importance of Being Earnest – all touring nationally to great acclaim.