ENTERTAINING MR SLOANE
at the Civic Theatre Chelmsford
Had he not been bludgeoned to death by his lover, Joe Orton would now be in his 80s - a grand old man of the stage, even, like Alan Bennett or Alan Ayckbourn.
His early success, Entertaining Mr Sloane, is a unique blend of farce and black comedy that beautifully captures the suppressed desires of the 1960s. Kath and her elderly father’s 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 heart of violence with a dark and secretive past.
Entertaining Mr Sloane was first staged at the Arts Theatre, London in 1964, winning the London Critics ‘Variety’ award for Best Play of the Year. This revival of London Classic Theatre’s 2003 production of the play celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Orton’s classic black comedy.
To book tickets for this amazing show visit chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres or call the Box Office on 01245 606505.Tickets are £16.50 & £15.00, concessions £15.00 & £14.50 and Leisure Plus cardholders can enjoy £1 off full price and standard concessionary tickets.