have you to offer? Your fat and the crows-feet under your
eyes would make you an object of terror.”
Written in 1963 and dedicated to Kenneth Halliwell, Entertaining
Mr Sloane was first presented at the New Arts Theatre,
London, in May 1964. The play opened in Broadway in 1965.
The plot revolves around the relationship between the
blonde, handsome and enigmatic Mr Sloane, the sexually
provocative but child like Kath, her lecherous, controlling
brother Ed and their father, ‘Dada’, who remembers
Sloane as the murderer of his former boss.
Kath, a ‘forty year old Lolita with false teeth’,
brings Sloane home to live in their house as a lodger.
Sloane plays Kath along by letting her seduce him;
Kath: I’ve been doing my washing today and I haven’t
a stitch on…except my shoes…I’m in the
rude under this dress. I tell you because you’re
bound to have noticed…
Soon her brother Ed lusts after him, employing him as
his leather clad chauffeur.
In the beginning, Sloane adapts a naive and innocent persona
but his real motives are soon exposed and he begins to
take advantage. After Sloane brutally murders ‘Dada’,
the tables are turned as the power within the relationship
shifts to Kath and Ed.
Despite an outcry of protest at its transfer to the West
End, Entertaining Mr Sloane was a success.
“Joe presented mum and dad with a signed
copy of Entertaining Mr Sloane. It read ‘To mum
and dad from Joe’. Not ‘love from Joe’,
and that just about summed the relationship up”. Leonie Orton, 2007.