50 years since the death of celebrated Leicester playwright Joe Orton, Artistic Director Nikolai Foster brings What The Butler Saw to the stage in a Made At Curve production of the classic comedy.
Joe Orton’s audacious farce was his final play, completed just a month before his untimely death. Orton’s comic masterpiece combines dialogue akin to Oscar Wilde’s witticisms with the craftsmanship of a French farce, and pokes fun at sex, authority and family relationships, spiked with the writer’s trademark cynical dark humour.
Comedian and actor Rufus Hound (One Man, Two Guvnors, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Sancho Panza in the RSC production of Don Quixote) plays sex-obsessed psychiatrist Dr Prentice, who attempts to seduce his prospective secretary in a hilarious, innuendo-fuelled interview.
Dakota Blue Richards (Stella in Curve’s A Streetcar Named Desire, Endeavour, The Golden Compass) returns to play Geraldine, the naïve target of his advances.
Catherine Russell (Holby City, Curve’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and The Day I Stood Still, The National) plays Dr Prentice’s carnally-crazed wife who calls to the clinic unexpectedly, causing a hilarious mix of sexual tension and mistaken identity.
Join us for an evening of door-slamming, cross-dressing, trousers-down, anti-establishment, illicitly pleasurable comedy, intricately woven together in this ludicrously funny and subversive play.