Welcome to Original Theatre Online


A new play by Shomit Dutta

Directed by Guy Unsworth

Starring Stephen Tompkinson as Samuel Beckett and Andrew Lancel as Harold Pinter

Two great playwrights. One great game.

After the sad passing of Her Majesty The Queen the decision has been taken by Lord’s to no longer live stream the performance of STUMPED on Saturday 10 September.

We will still be releasing the production on demand as planned on 27 September which can be booked here.

Our thoughts and condolences are with the Royal Family at this difficult time.

Join us from the home of cricket for a darkly comic new play that celebrates two great men of theatre and their love of cricket.

This brilliantly witty new play starring Stephen Tompkinson as Samuel Beckett (Brassed Off, Drop the Dead Donkey, DCI Banks, Wild at Heart) and Andrew Lancel (The Bill, Coronation Street) as Harold Pinter, gives a wonderful insight into what the friendship between these two great men may have looked like. As well as being a beautiful tribute to their writing, the theatre of the absurd, and of course their love for the game of cricket.





by Ben Brown

'Fascinating fly on the wall drama' 
Daily Mail

'Intensely topical and necessary... It is theatre at its finest' 
The Understudy

'Compellingly told Second World War story... minutely researched, highly compelling'
The Stage

In the final days of World War II, a secret meeting takes place between a member of the World Jewish Congress and one of the most powerful Nazis in Germany – without Hitler's knowledge.

Streaming online from 4 July.





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Original Theatre Online has already been featured as critics pick for streaming from The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, The Observer, The Mail on Sunday, The Express, Channel 4 news, Classic FM, WhatsOnStage, The Metro and The Daily Telegraph.

We are the Original Theatre Company and we have been touring extensively all over the UK (and as far as the US) since 2004. We love to make theatre. We love to tell stories. We love to tour our work across the UK. But most of all we love to thrill, excite and engage audiences.

And in this time of uncertainty and financial devastation for us and our industry we have set up Original Theatre Online to create and share our work digitally and hopefully bring some very needed income into the company and industry.

One of the UK’s most successful independent producers of new plays.” Sunday Times

“A leader in the field” Mark Lawson, The Tablet

“Feels like an entirely new dramatic genre from the aptly named Original Theatre Company” The Guardian

“One of the big lockdown innovators, Original Theatre, continues to set the pace putting new, high quality theatre online” Daily Mail article - The Best Plays To Stream Online. 🎭

"Original Theatre are truly the connoisseurs of virtual theatre" WhatsOnStage 

"Extraordinarily enterprising Original Theatre’" Daily Mail 

"Original Theatre, a digital platform that has been a stand-out performer in drama's emergency migration online" Mark Lawson 

"It’s life-enhancing to see OTC keep pushing back artistic barrier" London Theatre Reviews

"Original Theatre are out there continuing to set a standard for online theatre, creating pieces that truly capture the story whilst using the best of digital technology" Curtains Up

"If enterprise awards are handed out at the end of lockdown, the Original Theatre Company will top my list'" ★★★★ Daily Mail 

“Original Theatre has done it complete justice. This is one of the most impressive theater webcasts”  Wall Street Journal on The Habit of Art streaming June 2020

"Best online play of lockdown... technologically accomplished, beautifully acted and emotionally riveting’" ★★★★★ The Telegraph on Birdsong Online streaming July 2020

"Strong acting across the board and mesmerising, at times out-of-this-world, visuals" -  ★★★★ The Telegraph on Apollo 13: The Dark Side of the Moon

"Gripping… A mastery of slow-burn tension" ★★★★ The Guardian on Apollo 13: The Dark Side of the Moon