Famous farce by Orton comes to Northampton

Rehearsals for What The Butler Saw

Rehearsals for What The Butler Saw

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Prepare for an evening of farce and outrageous naughtiness when one of Joe Orton’s most famous plays is presented at The Playhouse Theatre in Northampton.

What The Butler Saw is presented by the Masque Theatre Group and runs from Tuesday May 31 to Saturday June 4 and also blends seduction, hiding behind curtains and a policeman wearing women’s clothes.

The director Peter Darnell says: “The play involves cross dressing, nudity and many other outrageous acts. Orton was murdered by his partner Kenneth Halliwell on 10th August 1967 and the play didn’t open until 5th March 1969.

“It turned into a fiasco, on opening night the gallery barracked the farce with cries of ‘’filth!” Not until it was revived at The Royal Court in 1975 did it receive the accolades it deserved.”

To book tickets, simply log on to www.masquetheatre.co.uk to buy online, email tickets@masquetheatre.co.uk or call 07586 288793. The show starts at 7pm.

Tickets are also available from St. Giles Music, 16 St. Giles Terrace, Northampton.