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Orange Tree appoints stellar line-up of theatre ambassadors

Philip Glenister, Samantha Bond and Peter Davison. Photos: Featureflash/Shutterstock Philip Glenister, Samantha Bond and Peter Davison. Photos: Featureflash/Shutterstock
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Samantha Bond, Philip Glenister and Peter Davison are among stars who have signed up to be ambassadors for the Orange Tree Theatre.

The south London venue has rallied 14 famous figures from the arts and elsewhere to champion the work of the theatre, after it lost regular Arts Council England funding in 2014.

Among them is Michael Attenborough, whose parents – Richard and Sheila Attenborough – became the theatre’s first patrons in 1988. They helped secure funding for its current building, which opened in 1991.

Artistic director Paul Miller said it meant a great deal to the Orange Tree and its audiences that Attenborough would be “continuing his parents’ outstanding legacy as an ambassador, helping to secure the theatre’s future for the next generation”.

Other newly announced ambassadors include director Paulette Randall and Alexander Hanson, who is married to Bond.

In a joint statement, Bond and Hanson said: “The quality of work we have seen produced by the Orange Tree team under Paul and Sarah has been exceptional, especially considering the challenges they’ve faced off stage. We are thrilled to lend our support to this very special theatre.”

Actors Sally Phillips, Elizabeth Heery and Fionn Whitehead have also signed up, alongside Beth Goddard and Judith Coke.

Gyles Brandreth and his wife Michele will also serve as ambassadors, with Liberal Democrat peer Susan Kramer completing the line-up.

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