CandyKing Productions & Celtic KissProductions Present CRIMES OF PASSION, Closes August 7


CandyKing Productions and Celtic KissProductions present CRIMES OF PASSION: The Ruffian on the Stair And The Erpingham Camp by Joe Orton

The first London revival for many years of Joe Orton's hilarious short plays, originally presented in 1967 at the Royal Court under the title ‘Crimes of Passion'; poignantly and tragically in the year that Orton was bludgeoned to death by his long term lover at their home in Islington.

Joe Orton (1933- 1967) was a formidable English playwright who in his brief but prolific career shocked, outraged, amused, created an incomparable legacy and defined British theatre with his blackly comic writing.

THE RUFFIAN ON THE STAIR was first broadcast on BBC Radio in August 1964; and THE ERPINGHAM CAMP was originally written in 1966for television. These hilarious short farces will be presented this summer as a double-bill at the Greenwich Playhouse.

THE RUFFIAN ON THE STAIR tells the story of Mike and Joyce...and their uninvited lodger who is not all that he seems to be. Amidst revelations of incest and death this black comedy builds to a startling crescendo...

THE ERPINGHAM CAMP is a riotous depiction of life in a holiday camp, suppressed by the demonic and evil camp ruler Erpingham. But would the English really rather have a cup of tea than stage a revolution?

Maria Chiorando directs this Joe Orton double-bill, her fifth production to be produced at the Greenwich Playhouse. It follows the recent critically acclaimed run of Bernard Shaw's CANDIDA at the Greenwich Playhouse.

The cast of THE RUFFIAN ON THE STAIR: Paul Robison as Mike; Rebecca Hands-Wicks as Joyce; and Jack Brackstone-Brown as Wilson.

The cast of THE ERPINGHAM CAMP: Barry Clarke as Erpingham; Danny Wainwright as Chief Redcoat Rile; Chris Prior as Padre; Ross Finbow as Kenny; David House as Ted; Carrie Whitton as Eileen; AnnaBelle Green as Lou; Simon Brandon as W. E. Harrison; and Rachel Waring as Jessie Mason.

Press Quotes for previous CandyKing productions:

"CandyKing have produced yet another classic brimming with vitality and verve."

British Theatre Guide on Candida

"Director Chiorando has done a sterling job...well constructed stage pictures accompany each scene and keep the audience on all three sides engaged with the performance regardless of where seated. The acting space of the Greenwich Playhouse is used to its full potential which results in a very full and fluid performance that never drags or feels stilted."

British Theatre Guide on Candida

"Under Maria Chiorando's direction, this part witty, part serious version of his comedy of manners begins with a dazzling volley of biting satire."

The Stage on An Ideal Husband.

"This production from CandyKing theatre is wonderful, with superb performances throughout...A must see show with stunning costumes and great direction."

Pinkwire on An Ideal Husband

"A compelling piece of theatre." on A Doll's House

"CandyKing Theatre's strong production showcases excellent performances. A new translation makes the script feel fresh and modern while Maria Chiorando's direction allows the actors room to demonstrate some electric moments of drama."

Barking and Dagenham Times on A Doll's House

"This is a story that has to be told - and CandyKing do it brilliantly!"

Docklands News on A Doll's House

"The cast are confident in tackling the power play, comic misunderstandings and enjoyable, irresistible slapstick of a botched marriage proposal. It's delightful to watch."

The Londonist on The Proposal

"An emotional and highly skilled rendering of a classic British Masterpiece."

Theatre World on Look Back in Anger

Greenwich Playhouse
Greenwich Station Forecourt, 189 Greenwich High Road, London, SE10 8JA
12th July-7th August 2011
Press Night: 14th July at 7:30pm
Tues - Sat 7:30pm, Sunday 4pm
Tickets: £13, £10 concessions
Box Office: 020 8858 9256 -

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