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London Classic Theatre tour Orton's Entertaining Mr Sloane

Joe Orton’s classic tours the UK, following the company’s success with Harold Pinter’s ”Betrayal”

Entertaining Mr Sloane
Entertaining Mr Sloane
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London Classic Theatre begin 2014 with a 20-week UK & Ireland tour of Joe Orton‘s comic masterpiece, Entertaining Mr Sloane.

The play was first staged at the Arts Theatre, London in 1964, winning the London Critics ‘Variety’ award for Best Play of the Year. London Classic Theatre are reviving their successful 2003 production to celebrate the play’s 50th Anniversary.

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 …

Joe Orton was born in Leicester in 1933 and was battered to death by his lover, Kenneth Halliwell, in 1967. His plays include The Erpingham Camp, The Ruffian on the Stair, What the Butler Saw and Loot.

London Classic Theatre have previously staged Peter Shaffer’s Equus, The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde and Betrayal by Harold Pinter. The play is directed by Michael Cabot, the company's artistic director.

Entertaining Mr Sloane is currently at the Basingstoke Haymarket and also visits Ilfracombe, Oldham, Bracknell, Yeovill, Winchester and Buxton. For full tour dates, please visit the company's website.