Photo Flash: First Look at WHAT THE BUTLER SAW at Westport Country Playhouse
"What the Butler Saw," a shameless comedy by Joe Orton, offering a little blackmail and a lot of sexual innuendo, will be staged at Westport Country Playhouse, now through September 10. Director is John Tillinger, who helmed a recent, critically acclaimed production of the show in Los Angeles, as well as earlier productions in London and New York. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!
In "What the Butler Saw," Dr. Prentice, a psychiatric doctor in an exclusive, private clinic, is attempting to interview, and seduce, an attractive would-be secretary. As part of his unconventional interview technique, he asks her to undress. When the doctor's wife makes an unexpected visit, he must hide the unclad girl, and the chaos begins. The show premiered in London in 1969. The New York production later won an Obie Award.
The cast includes Julian Gamble as Sergeant Match (Broadway's "The Seagull," "The Invention of Love," "Democracy," "The Iceman Cometh," "Dinner at Eight," "A Month in The Country"; TV's"House of Cards"); Chris Ghaffari as Nicholas Beckett (Hartford Stage's "Romeo & Juliet"; The New York Shakespeare Festival's "King Lear"; recent MFA, Yale School of Drama); Patricia Kalember as Mrs. Prentice (WCP's "A Marriage Minuet"; Broadway's "The Foreigner"; TV's "Power," "Madam Secretary," "Orange Is the New Black"; regular on "thirtysomething"); Sarah Mantonas Geraldine Barclay (WCP's "Bedroom Farce," "Things We Do for Love"; Broadway/London's "One Man, Two Guvnors"; London's "The Coast of Utopia," "South Pacific," Baby in "Dirty Dancing"); Robert Stanton as Dr. Prentice (WCP's "Hay Fever"; Broadway's "A Free Man of Color," "Mary Stuart," "The Coast of Utopia"; Off-Broadway's "All in the Timing" (Obie Award);Film/TV's "Jason Bourne," "Orange Is the New Black"); and Paxton Whitehead as Dr. Rance (WCP's "Bedroom Farce," "The Circle," "How the Other Half Loves," more; Broadway's "The Importance of Being Earnest," "My Fair Lady" (Helen Hayes Award), "Noises Off" (Drama Desk Award).
Single tickets start at $30; buy early for best prices. For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.westportplayhouse.org or call the box office at (203) 227-4177, toll-free at 1-888-927-7529, or visit Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport.
Photo Credit: Carol Rosegg
Chris Ghaffari and Robert Stanton
Chris Ghaffari and Julian Gamble