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Preview: Entertaining Mr Sloane at Hexham Queens Hall

Entertaining Mr Sloane

Hexham Queens Hall

Presented by London Classic Theatre

Tuesday 3 June 7.30pm
Tickets: £10.00 / £8.00 (Friends / benefit conc) / £5.00 (student)

It's getting steamy at the Everyman, Cork! Entertaining Mr Sloane is up and running. Paul Sandys (Sloane) and Pauline Whitaker (Kath). Photo: Sheila Burnett.

London Classic Theatre is a middle-scale touring theatre company, committed to producing challenging, accessible drama of the highest quality. With thirty critically-acclaimed productions since their touring debut in April 2000, London Classic Theatre have established a reputation for producing bold, imaginative theatre of the highest quality. This revival of their 2003 production of the play celebrates the 50 th Anniversary of Orton’s classic black comedy. 

Kath and her elderly father, Kemp, live in a house on the outskirts of a rubbish dump. Their 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 calculating psychopath with a dark and secretive past. Seduction, blackmail and murder lie waiting in the wings.

Entertaining Mr Sloane was first staged at the Arts Theatre in London in 1964, winning the London Critics ‘Variety’ award for Best Play of the Year. Its unique blend of farce and black comedy beautifully captures the suppressed desires of the period.
Joe Orton was born in Leicester in 1933 and was battered to death by his lover, Kenneth Halliwell, in 1967. His plays include Loot, The Erpingham Camp, The Ruffian on the Stair and What the Butler Saw. This revival of our 2003 production of the play celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Orton’s classic black comedy.

Box Office: 01434 652477

Tour Dates

3 June Queen's Hall, Hexham 01434 652477
4, 5 June Buxton Opera House 0845 127 2190
6 June Stamford Arts Centre 01780 763203
7 June Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham 01476 406158
10-14 June Derby Theatre 01332 593939
16-21 June Blackpool Grand Theatre 01253 290190
24 June Palace Theatre, Newark 01636 655755
25-28 June Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds 01284 769505
30 June Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon 01874 611622
1 July Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury 01684 295074
2 July Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl 01656 815995
3-5 July Coventry Belgrade Theatre 024 7655 3055

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