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Written by Joe Penhall
Date premiered April 2000
Place premiered Cottesloe Theatre
Original language English
Genre Comedy
Setting a London psychiatric hospital

Blue/Orange is a play written by English dramatist, Joe Penhall. A sardonically comic piece which touches on race, mental illness, and 21st century British life, it premiered at the Cottesloe Theatre in April 2000, starring Bill Nighy, Andrew Lincoln and Chiwetel Ejiofor. It went to London's West End in 2001.

In 2008, Plain Clothes Theatre Productions toured the show around the South-West. Venues included the Tobacco Factory, Bristol; Cheltenham Everyman and the Rondo Theatre, Bath.

In 2012 Brighton Theatre Royal Productions ran a production starring Robert Bathurst, Gerard McCarthy & Oliver Wilson.[1]

A 2016 revival at the Young Vic directed by Matthew Xia starred David Haig, Daniel Kaluuya and Luke Norris.[2]


Blurb of the Published edition:

In a London psychiatric hospital, an enigmatic patient claims to be the son of an African dictator-a story that becomes unnervingly plausible. BLUE/ORANGE is an incendiary tale of race, madness and a Darwinian power struggle at the heart of a dying National Health Service. [1]

Film adaption[edit]

In 2005, the play was adapted for a television film directed by Howard Davies for BBC with stars, Brian Cox, John Simm and Shaun Parkes. [2]

Awards and nominations[edit]



  1. ^ Norman, Neil (September 21, 2012). "Theatre review: Blue/Orange, Theatre Royal, Brighton". Daily Express. Daily Express. 
  2. ^ "Blue/Orange". Time Out London. Retrieved 2016-05-19. 


  • Joe Penhall (2001). blue/orange. methuen drama. 
  • Albert Foss (8 August 2006). "BBC Four Drama - Blue/Orange". BBC Four. Retrieved 2 May 2012. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Penhall, Joe (2000). Blue/Orange (First ed.). London: Methuen Drama. ISBN 0-413-75270-4. 

External links[edit]