Genre: Black Comedy
Opened 30 Jan 2009
Written: By Joe Orton
Directed: Nick Bagnall
Cast: Imelda Staunton, Mathew Horne, Simon Paisley Day
Synopsis: It may be Swinging 60s London but out in the suburbs, behind closed doors, Kath is lonely. Craving love and affection, Kath and her bachelor brother take a lodger. Soon, both become infatuated with the shady young tenant with a murky past – Mr Sloane.
What the popular press had to say.....
NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "Shockingly enjoyable comedy." CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "Entertaining Mr Sloane retains its power to provoke and startle. It is a truly amoral piece, wild, witty and utterly heartless. In this cracking new production...the comedy is also wonderfully, mercilessly funny." PAUL VALE for THE STAGE says, "Quality production values, inspired casting and outstanding performances." MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, "I've never before seen a version of this play that pushed its comedy and violence to such limits...The real joy of this production lies in the performances of the brother and sister. Imelda Staunton is a matchless Kath, bringing out, in equal measure, the character's voracity, pathos and cunning...Simon Paisley Day is an equally definitive Ed." MICHAEL COVENEY for THE INDEPENDENT says, "Still delights and surprises in its subversive domestic comedy and provocative language." BENEDICT NIGHINGALE for THE TIMES says, " I felt I was watching a comic masterpiece."
Production photos by Robert Day