What The Butler Saw - New Wolsey Theatre

What The Butler Saw

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The artwork for 'What The Butler Saw.' Against a blue, red and white swirly background are a pair of women's legs, with red high heels on the feet. Next to the feet is a traditional police officer's hat and a doctor's stethoscope. In the top left is the show title - 'What The Butler Saw by Joe Orton,' in red and yellow lettering and behind this is a pair of handcuffs.

By Joe Orton

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.

John Kingsley (Joe) Orton, playwright, author and diarist was born in Leicester in 1933. During a short, but dazzling career in the London theatre world, he shocked, outraged, and delighted audiences with his riotous black comedies, including Loot, The Erpingham Camp, The Ruffian on the Stair and Entertaining Mr Sloane. Joe Orton was battered to death by his lover, Kenneth Halliwell, in 1967.

Contains strong language and subject matter which the playwright very much hoped audiences would find offensive.

Presented by London Classic Theatre Ltd, who brought the smash hit Abigail’s Party to the stage at the New Wolsey Theatre in October 2023.

Age Guidance: 14+. Contains strong language, adult theses, mild nudity, and discussions of sexual assault.

Production photography: Sheila Burnett


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Reviews of What The Butler Saw

What the press say


⭐⭐⭐⭐ - 'Impressively tight... Orton's polished lines still raise a laugh.'

The Scotsman

'Joe Orton's classic farce still packs a punch over half a century on.'

Broadway World

'A production packed with energy and pace...a ludicrous and very funny romp.'

Broadway Baby

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Tuesday 04 Jun 2024

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Wednesday 05 Jun 2024

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Thursday 06 Jun 2024

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Friday 07 Jun 2024

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Saturday 08 Jun 2024

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