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Entertaining Mr Sloane

By Joe Orton

‘Imelda Staunton is a matchless Kath, bringing out, in equal measure, the character's voracity, pathos and cunning’ The Guardian
‘I felt I was watching a comic masterpiece’ The Times
‘Director Nick Bagnall delivers a show that combines pace with revealing comic detail, and there isn't a single weak performance’ The Telegraph

Oscar nominee Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake, Cranford, Shakespeare in Love) and BAFTA award-winning Mathew Horne (Gavin and Stacey, The Catherine Tate Show), star in Joe Orton’s fiendishly dark comedy.

I’d had the upbringing of a nun. Until I was fifteen I was more familiar with Africa than my own body.

It may be the Swinging 60s but in a crumbling corner of London, Kath is lonely. Craving love and affection, she decides to take a lodger. Behind closed doors, a web of dark secrets, blackmail and betrayal is spun, as both Kath and her bachelor brother become infatuated with the shady young tenant with a murky past – Mr. Sloane. Soon he is the centre of their worlds, their ultimate fantasy, and the main player, and pawn, in their sexual games.

Originally staged in 1964, this wickedly biting comedy sparked controversy with its mischievous peep at the hypocrisy behind the ‘new’ permissive society of the 1960s and the British fascination with sex.

Joining forces for the first time, ETT unites with production company MJE, whose recent West End and touring credits include Six Characters in Search of an Author, Blackbird, On the Waterfront, Tintin and Twelve Angry Men.

A English Touring Theatre co-production with Michael Edwards and Carole Winter.


Trafalgar Studios

22 Jan - 11 Apr 2009

Creative Team

Written by

Joe Orton


Nick Bagnall



Costume Designer

Colin Richmond

Lighting Designer

Simon Mills

Sound Designer

Mike Furness

Assistant Director

Will Mortimer

Artistic Associate

Kathy Burke



Imelda Staunton

Mr Sloane

Mathew Horne


Simon Paisley Day


Richard Bremmer