A CURVE & THEATRE ROYAL BATH PRODUCTION

What The Butler Saw

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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.

Tickets

£32.50* – £10*
Previews (3 – 7 Mar) £16.25* – £5* 

DISCOUNTS
£15* Under 16s
£20* 16 – 26 yrs
£12 Under 18 school groups
£2.50 off for over 60s and registered unemployed
£4 off for Groups 10+
£5 off for Groups 20+
15% off for Members and 241 tickets on Wed 8 Mar 

*Plus a transaction fee of £3 for all card payments. Excludes Members, Groups 10+ and customers printing tickets at home. Discounts are subject to availability and are only available on certain performances.

Credits & Acknowledgments

Director NIKOLAI FOSTER
Designer MICHAEL TAYLOR
Lighting Designer BEN CRACKNELL
Sound Designer & Composer ADAM McCREADY
for POETICAL MACHINES LTD
Casting Director GINNY SCHILLER

First presented by Lewenstein-Delfont Productions Ltd. and H.M. Tennent Ltd. at the Queen’s Theatre, London, on 5th March 1969.

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Cast & Creative

Rufus Hound

Dr Prentice

Dakota Blue Richards

Geraldine

Catherine Russell

Mrs Prentice

Jack Holden

Nicholas Beckett

Ravi Aujla

Sergeant Match