What the Butler Saw by Joe Orton

Fri 31 May – Sat 1 Jun 2024

Pentland Theatre

What the Butler Saw by Joe Orton

Fri 31 May – Sat 1 Jun 2024

Pentland Theatre

A womens legs and feet wearing red shoes next to a stethoscope and a police mans hat, the background is part of the union jack flag

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Within the pristine walls of his private psychiatric clinic, Doctor Prentice is interviewing a new secretary.

Geraldine wants the position but seems underqualified and uncertain about her parentage. Mrs Prentice appears, flushed and in urgent need of a drink, following an illicit encounter with Nick Beckett, blackmailer and bell boy at the Station Hotel. In the meantime, Doctor Rance, a Government Inspector and Sergeant Match, a policeman, arrive amidst increasing chaos with searching questions of their own.

What the Butler Saw is Joe Orton’s final, most ambitious play, manic farce and masterclass in fearless comic writing. No institution, political view or tradition is safe, as Orton focuses his wicked sense of humour on a range of targets including the establishment, an ex-Prime Minister, cross-dressing, misogyny and the medical profession. He brings together an array of distinctive characters, placing them in a series of improbable situations, unflinchingly exploring comic territory few playwrights before or since have dared to visit.

Joe Orton was born in Leicester in 1933.  During a short, dazzling career, he shocked, outraged, and delighted audiences with his riotous black comedies, including Loot and Entertaining Mr Sloane.

What the Butler Saw is presented by London Classic Theatre, who were at artsdepot in September 2023 with Abigail’s Party.

Take a peek into the rehearsal room

Impressively tight…Orton’s polished lines still raise a laugh, and more than a frisson of discomfort.

The Scotsman

A production packed with energy and pace.

Broadway Baby

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