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 Orton’s final play, completed just a month before his untimely death.
Dr Prentice (Rufus Hound – One Man, Two Guvnors, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), a psychiatric doctor in a private clinic, is attempting to interview – and seduce – would-be secretary Geraldine (Dakota Blue Richards – Curve’s A Streetcar Named Desire, The Golden Compass). Unwittingly surprised by his wife (Catherine Russell – Holby City, Curve’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest), he hides the girl. The affairs multiply as Mrs Prentice is seduced and blackmailed by young bellhop Nicholas Beckett (Jack Holden – RSC’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Oppenheimer and The Shoemaker’s Holiday), and promises him the secretarial post. When a government inspector arrives (Jasper Britton – The Libertine, RSC’s Richard II), closely followed by Sergeant Match (Ravi Aujla) who is in search of missing parts of Winston Churchill, chaos, cross-dressing and mistaken identity lead the charge.
What the Butler Saw is a contemporary classic. Join us in March for this riotous comedy, where every word becomes a lie and madness soon becomes the norm.
Please note: this play contains naughty bits and language some people may find offensive.