Ravenhill's best-known play, Shopping and F***ing, aroused critical acclaim and popular controversy in roughly equal measure, and Mother Clap's Molly House caused a similar stir, with numerous complaints that the National's subsidies should not be spent endorsing work "designed to affront traditional family values".
Split between London circa 1726 and the London of today, the black comedy sets the shady goings-on at a male brothel, the "molly house" of the title, against the preparations of a group o wealthy gay men for a raunchy party.
Mother Clap's Molly House stars Deborah Findlay as Mrs Tull, owner of the tavern of ill repute, and features design by Giles Cadle, with lighting by Rick Fisher, costumes by Nicky Gillibrand and music by Matthew Scott.
The NT production is preceded at the Aldwych Theatre by two other limited runs - a final West End outing for Thunderbirds FAB (from 11 December to 6 January) and Oxford Stage Company's revival of Caryl Churchill's Top Girls (from 8 January to 2 February).
- by Terri Paddock