Orton farce gets revival in Leicester
Joe Orton’s “sleek, dark and sexy comedy” Entertaining Mr Sloane starts a run at Curve in Leicester this week.
The work established Leicester-born Orton as one of the most significant writers of stage farce in the 20th century.
Set in the swinging 1960s, the play tells how Mr Sloane is looking for somewhere to live. Middle-aged Kath offers herself as his landlady but is also offering something else.
Her younger brother Ed is also looking for some action but their elderly and inquisitive father is unfortunately in the way...
Alex Felton plays the sexy, cocksure, charismatic Mr Sloane. His theatre credits include All’s Well That Ends Well at the National Theatre, The Importance of Being Earnest at the Library Theatre, Manchester and The Tempest at the Old Vic Tunnels at King’s Cross.
Julia Hills who plays Kath has appeared in the Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory productions of The Cherry Orchard at the Rose, Kingston and Richard II at the Tobacco Factory, Bristol; and The Borrowers at the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton.
Andrew Dunn, probably best known for his role as Tony in BBC TV’s dinnerladies, is Ed.
John Griffiths (Kemp) returns to Curve after his appearance in Opera della Luna’s production Ghosts of Ruddigore last autumn. He has worked extensively at The Open Air Theatre, Regents Park, and has appeared in many national tours including Jesus Christ Superstar, The Boyfriend, My Fair Lady and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Directed by Curve’s artistic director Paul Kerryson, Entertaining Mr Sloane will be staged in the Studio from Friday (2 November) until Saturday, 24 November. Press night will be on Tuesday, 6 November.