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The Circle

by Somerset Maugham

Directed by Tom Littler

Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond-upon-Thames

13th June 2023

Pete Ashmore, Jane Asher and Clive Francis
Photo by Ellie Kurttz

I am joined in this episode of The Play Review by Jodi Rilot, who is not only an avid theatre goer, but also a director and an actress in her own right.

Jodi and I admitted that we didn’t know much about Somerset Maugham as a playwright, and were both drawn to see The Circle for that reason, and because it represents the first outing from the new Artistic Director of the Orange Tree Theatre, Tom Littler.

In the programme notes for The Circle, Tom Littler drew a line from Oscar Wilde through Somerset Maugham to Noel Coward and Terence Rattigan in the history of English drama, and as Jodi and I had also both recently seen Coward’s Private Lives at the Donmar, it seemed a natural segue to share our thoughts about that show as well.

The Circle continues at the Orange Tree until 17th June, and then is available to stream on demand from the Orange Tree from 20th to 23rd June



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