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What the Butler Saw - Full Length Play, Comedy

What the Butler Saw

Joe Orton

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Full Length Play, Comedy

4m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573617775

"Hilarious, outrageous...It dazzles!...Wonderfully verbal, toying with words as if they were firecrackers." - The New York Times

"Brilliant, witty, the funniest show so far this season." - NBC TV

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Full Length Play

Comedy

Farce

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Dr. Prentice, a psychiatric doctor in an exclusive, private clinic, is attempting to interview (and seduce) an attractive would-be secretary, Geraldine. Unwttingly surprised by his wife, he hides the girl. The affairs multiply as Mrs. Prentice, being seduced and blackmailed by young bellhop Nicholas Beckett, has promised him the secretarial post. When a government inspector arrives, chaos, underpants and cross-dressing lead the charge. The final tableau reveals "the missing parts of Winston Churchill" held aloft as the curtain falls. The London premiere at the Queen's Theatre in 1969 starred Coral Browne and Sir Ralph Richardson. The New York production later won the Obie Award as Best Foreign Play of The Season.

"Hilarious, outrageous...It dazzles!...Wonderfully verbal, toying with words as if they were firecrackers." - The New York Times

"Brilliant, witty, the funniest show so far this season." - NBC TV

"Madly antic humor."- Associated Press

"Hilarious...Joe Orton's best comedy." - CBS TV

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4m, 2f

DR. PRENTICE
DR. RANCE
NICHOLAS BECKETT
MRS. PRENTICE
SERGEANT MATCH
GERALDINE BARCLAY
Author
Joe Orton

Joe Orton

Joe Orton (1933 – 1967) was born John Kingsley Orton in Leicester and from the age of two, lived on the Saffron Lane council estate. After winning a scholarship to RADA in 1951, he met Kenneth Halliwell, an actor and writer seven years his senior. Halliwell would become Orton’s friend, mentor, lover and, eventually, his murderer. Between 1964 and 1967, Joe Orton contributed to an exciting working ... view full profile

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