The comedy involves two ne'er-do-wells, Hal and Dennis, who stage a bank heist. But the heist goes wrong and, pursued by police inspector Truscott, the two are forced to hide the loot in an unlikely place - the coffin of Hal's recently deceased mother.
The new production, directed by David Grindley, is the first London production of the play since 1984 when Jonathan Lynn directed Leonard Rossiter and Gemma Craven at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue. Loot was originally written by Orton in 1965 and revised the following year for its London premiere, starring Kenneth Williams and Geraldine McEwan, when it won the Evening Standard Award for Best New Play. This new production was premiered to sell-out houses at the Chichester Festival's Minerva Theatre in July.
The West End cast of Loot is headed by Fred Ridgeway as 'Inspector Truscott' and Tracy-Ann Oberman as 'Fay', with Alexis Conran as 'Dennis', Gary Whitaker as 'Hal', Gary Richards as 'McLeavy' and Eamonn Clarke as 'Meadows'.