What the Butler Saw

  1. Home
  2. UK
  3. News
  4. What the Butler Saw
The image features a promotional poster for What the Butler Saw by Joe Orton. It showcases the title in yellow and red letters on a spiral background. In the foreground are a police hat, handcuffs, stethoscope, and a woman's legs in high-heeled red shoes.

Full cast for UK tour announced

London Classic Theatre today announces the full cast for their UK tour of Joe Orton’s farce What The Butler Saw. Michael Cabot, the founder and Artistic Director of London Classic Theatre, directs Alex Cardall (Nicholas Beckett), John Dorney (Doctor Prentice), Alana Jackson (Geraldine Barclay), Jack Lord (Doctor Rance), Jon-Paul Rowden (Sergeant Match) and Holly Smith (Mrs Prentice).

Within his private psychiatric clinic, Doctor Prentice is interviewing a new secretary. Geraldine wants the position but seems underqualified and uncertain about her parentage.  Mrs Prentice appears, flushed and in urgent need of a drink, following an illicit encounter at the Station Hotel. In the meantime, Doctor Rance, a Government Inspector and Sergeant Match, a policeman, arrive amidst increasing chaos with searching questions of their own.

WHAT THE BUTLER SAW is Joe Orton’s most ambitious play, manic farce and masterclass in fearless comic writing.  No institution, political view or tradition is safe, as Orton explores comic territory few playwrights have dared to visit. 

Orton was born in Leicester in 1933 and during a short, dazzling career, he shocked, outraged and delighted audiences with his riotous black comedies, including Loot and Entertaining Mr Sloane. 

Orton’s final play What the Butler Saw, premiered at Queen’s Theatre on 27 January 1969. London Classic Theatre’s new tour opens at Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne on 24 April and tours to a further 15 venues across the UK, concluding the tour at Civic Theatre, Chelmsford on 27 July.

What The Butler Saw: 24 April - 27 July Uk Tour

Further Information:  What The Butler Saw « London Classic Theatre