Here is the 2017 Made at Curve and Theatre Royal Bath co-production of Joe Orton’s outrageous contemporary classic, WHAT THE BUTLER SAW, now available to view at home.
WHAT THE BUTLER SAW was Orton’s final play, completed just a month before his untimely death. This production, directed by Nikolai Foster, was performed to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Orton, the celebrated Leicester playwright.
Dr Prentice, a psychiatric doctor in a private clinic, is attempting to interview – and seduce – would-be secretary Geraldine . Unwittingly surprised by his wife, he hides the woman. The affairs multiply as Mrs Prentice is seduced and blackmailed by young bellhop Nicholas Beckett, and promises him the secretarial post. When a government inspector arrives, closely followed by Sergeant Match who is in search of missing parts of Winston Churchill, chaos, cross-dressing and mistaken identity lead the charge.
Please note: this play contains explicit content and language some people may find offensive.
This captioned archive recording is available until the lockdown ends.
Please bear in mind that this recording is an archive recording not originally intended for public viewing. The camera is positioned towards the rear of the stalls and takes in the whole view of the stage at all times. Nevertheless its still an enjoyable production!
Although this production is free to watch, please strongly consider making a donation to Leicester Curve to enable it to keep its doors open after this crisis has passed.
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