Entertaining Mr Sloane at The Grove Theatre, Dunstable

Entertaining Mr Sloane

Prepare yourself for an alluring cocktail of drama, dark humour and psychosis as Joe Orton’s disturbing comic drama, Entertaining Mr Sloane, heads to the Grove Theatre on May 8.

Kath and her elderly father, Kemp, live in a house on the outskirts of a rubbish dump.

Their drab existence is interrupted by the arrival of a new lodger, the enigmatic Mr Sloane.

Provocative and sexually ambiguous, Sloane soon has both Kath and her brother, Ed, competing for his favours but, all is not as it seems.

Behind Sloane’s nonchalant demeanour lies a calculating psychopath with a dark and secretive past. Seduction, blackmail and murder lie waiting in the wings…

Entertaining Mr Sloane was first staged at the Arts Theatre, London in 1964, winning the London Critics award for Best Play of the Year.

Its unique blend of farce and black comedy captures the suppressed desires of the period.

This revival of London Classic Theatre’s 2003 production of the play celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Orton’s classic black comedy.

Joe Orton was born in Leicester in 1933 and was murdered by his lover, Kenneth Halliwell, in 1967.

His plays include The Erpingham Camp, The Ruffian on the Stair, What the Butler Saw and Loot.

Joe was once said to be one of the most promising playwrights of the ’60s writing outrageous and archaic plays that were both thought-provoking and challenging.

London Classic Theatre has established a reputation for producing bold, imaginative theatre.

The company, led by founder and artistic director Michael Cabot, has explored the work of some of the finest playwrights of the last fifty years, including Harold Pinter, Brian Friel, Martin McDonagh and Mike Leigh.

More recent productions include Ibsen’s Ghosts in a new version by Frank McGuinness, Equus by Peter Shaffer, The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde and Betrayal by Harold Pinter.

Age Restriction 14+

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