What the Butler Saw
This revival fizzes
WHAT THE BUTLER SAW was Joe Orton's final play. Completed in July 1967 (less than a month before his death), it was first staged in March 1969 at the Queen’s Theatre in London.
When psychoanalyst Dr Prentice, played by Tim McInnerny, instructs his new secretary (Georgia Moffett) to undress, little does he expect to be interrupted by his wife (Samantha Bond), her blackmailing lover (Nick Hendrix), a meddling government inspector (Omid Djalili) and an inquisitive policeman (Jason Thorpe). But hiding a naked woman is the least of his worries, as libidos run riot, identities are swapped and social decorum is buried.
A terrific, no-holds-barred production
The Sunday Times
What the Butler Saw opened at the Vaudeville Theatre on Wednesday 16 May. Following previews from Friday 4 May, for a strictly limited season, ending on Saturday 28th July.
Cast: Omid Djalili, Tim McInnerny, Samantha Bond, Georgia Moffett, Jason Thorpe and Nick Hendrix.
Director: Sean Foley
Set Designer: Alice Power
Costume Designer: Jack Galloway
Lighting Designer: Johanna Town
Sound Designer: Ben and Max Ringham
Presented by MJE Productions.