The Everyman Theatre in Cork hosts the opening night of an extensive UK tour with London Classic Theatre.
‘The best performance is that of Nicholas Gasson, who plays the physically ailing but morally upright father’. (Colette Sheridan Irish Enquirer)
Nicholas is playing the role of Kemp in this 50th Anniversay tour of the Joe Orton play Entertaining Mr.Sloane. He toured the same play for London Classic theatre 14 years ago but played a different role.
The play tells the story of Kath and her elderly father, Kemp, who 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.