ENTERTAINING MR. SLOANE to Conclude 50th Anniversary UK Tour at Coventry's Belgrade Theatre, July 3-5
Joe Orton's comic masterpiece, Entertaining Mr Sloane will conclude its 50th Anniversary U.K Tour at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry from Thurs 3 - Sat 5 July.
Entertaining Mr Sloane was first staged at the Arts Theatre, London in 1964, winning the London Critics 'Variety' award for Best Play of the Year. Its unique blend of farce and black comedy beautifully captures the suppressed desires of the period. London Classic Theatre have revived their successful 2003 production to celebrate the play's 50th Anniversary.
Kath and her elderly father, Kemp, live in a house on the outskirts of a rubbish dump. Their drab existence is interrupted by the arrival of a new lodger, the enigmatic Mr Sloane. Provocative and sexually ambiguous, Sloane soon has both Kath and her brother, Ed, competing for his favours. But all is not as it seems. Behind Sloane's nonchalant demeanour lies a calculating psychopath with a dark and secretive past. Seduction, blackmail and murder lie waiting in the wings...
Joe Orton was born in Leicester in 1933 and was battered to death by his lover, Kenneth Halliwell, in 1967. His plays include The Erpingham Camp, The Ruffian on the Stair, What the Butler Saw and Loot.
London Classic Theatre have established a reputation for producing bold, imaginative theatre of the highest quality. The company, led by founder and Artistic Director Michael Cabot, produces challenging, accessible drama for audiences in London and the regions. Recent productions include Peter Shaffer's Equus, The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde and Betrayal by Harold Pinter.
I'm thrilled to be directing this wonderfully cheeky, subversive, dark comedy which, half a century after it first appeared on the London stage, still has the power to shock, amuse and delight. Michael Cabot
Tickets for Entertaining Mr Sloane are available now from the Belgrade Theatre's Box Office on 024 7655 3055 priced from £10.25 - £20.75 or via www.belgrade.co.uk where cheaper tickets are available.