The Tricycle theatre revival of Joe Orton's 1965 black comedy Loot opened last night (15 December 2008, previews from 11 December), the play's first major London outing for a decade (See News, 15 Oct 1998).

Orton's comedy centres on 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. Meanwhile, Nurse Fay works her dubious charms on Hal’s father.

The production – directed by Sean Holmes, who has just been appointed as the new artistic director of the Lyric Hammersmith (See News, 14 Oct 2008) – stars EastEnders' Matt di Angelo (making his professional stage debut) as Hal and Javone Prince (most recently seen at the Young Vic in In the Red and Brown Water) as Dennis, alongisde David Haig, Doon MacKichan, Jim Creighton and Jams Hayes

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For 1st Night Photos, our Whatsonstage.com photographer Dan Wooller was on hand for the post-show party at the Tricycle in Kilburn, where thc company were joined by guests including Adrian Lester, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Lolita Chakrabarti, Flavia Cacace, Kenneth Cranham and Sally Dexter.

Loot isn't the only Joe Orton play getting a major London revival this winter – his 1964 comedy Entertaining Mr Sloane is at Trafalgar Studios 1 from 30 January to 11 April 2009 (previews from 22 January), starring Matthew Horne and Imelda Staunton (See News, 31 Oct 2008). Loot runs until 31 January.

- By Theo Bosanquet