EVENTS AND PERFORMANCES
WHAT THE BUTLER SAW -
CURVE LEICESTER: FRI 3 MARCH - SAT 18TH MARCH
THEATRE ROYAL BATH: 27TH MAR - 1ST APRIL
50 years since the death Joe Orton, Artistic Director Nikolai Foster brings What the Butler Saw to the stage in a Made At Curve production of Orton’s final play, completed just a month before his untimely death.
Dr Prentice (Rufus Hound), a psychiatric doctor in a private clinic, is attempting to interview – and seduce – would-be secretary Geraldine (Dakota Blue Richards). Unwittingly surprised by his wife (Catherine Russell), he hides the girl. The affairs multiply as Mrs Prentice is seduced and blackmailed by young bellhop Nicholas Beckett (Jack Holden), and promises him the secretarial post. When a government inspector arrives (Jasper Britton), closely followed by Sergeant Match (Ravi Ajula) who is in search of missing parts of Winston Churchill, chaos, cross-dressing and mistaken identity lead the charge.
What the Butler Saw is regarded as Orton’s finest play and considered today as a contemporary classic. His scandalous black comedies mock religion, sex and death, and have amused and delighted audiences for decades, being described as ‘outrageously funny’.
Find out more and book tickets
Curve: Info and box office here
Theatre Royal Bath: Info and box office here
Leonie Orton's briliant new Memoir 'I Had it in Me' was published in Oct 2016
I Had it in Me - A Memoir
Publication date: 21st October 2016
"A wonderful memoir, intensely moving and hilariously funny.
Like her brother, Joe, Leonie Orton uses dark comedy with
devastating effect to pinpoint the stark truths about
families, love, sex and death. I couldn't put it down."
I Had It In Me is the memoir of Leonie Orton, Joe's youngest sister. Leonie tells her own story
of growing up on a Leicester council estate in the 1940s and 1950s
as her brother rose to become a remarkable writer. For the first time
she recounts how the family coped with his brutal murder and lost diaries.
She also describes her fight to educate herself, nurture her own family
and eventually take over the management of her brother’s legacy.
More details here
Available to order here
Read the Observer interivew with Leonie and an extract from the book here
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Entertaining Mr Sloane - 50th Anniversary Celebration Recordings
In summer 2014. Leicester University, which holds the Joe Orton Archive, hosted a day of screenings, talks and readings to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his first play, Entertaining Mr Sloane. Recordings of speakers at the event are now available via the University's Sound Cloud account. More details here
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