See What the Butler Saw at Welwyn Garden City theatre

WRITTEN by British playwright Joe Orton, What the Butler Saw is currently showing at a WGC theatre until Saturday.

The play, which is not suitable for children, will be on at The Barn Theatre in Handside Lane until Saturday, September 25.

A theatre spokeswoman said: “The plot contains enough twists and turns, mishaps and changes of fortune, coincidences and lunatic logic to furnish three or four conventional comedies.

“But, the six characters in search of a plot lose the thread of the action – their wits or their clothes – their verbal self-possession never deserts them.”

She added: “As the play progresses, the comedy becomes darker and more sinister, so it’s not one for the children!”


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What the Butler Saw was first performed in 1969 – a year and a half after its author’s death.

It appalled and enraged audiences with its blatant sexuality and attacks on authority and conventional morality.

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However, as times have changed Orton has gained recognition as an important playwright and the show is said to be “one to watch”.

The farce, directed by Eric Martin, starts at 8pm. Tickets cost �10.

Online booking is available until 3pm on the day of performance.

Alternatively you can telephone Campus West on 01707 357117, also until 3pm.

The Barn Theatre box office sells tickets on performance evenings from 6.30pm-8.30pm either in person or by telephone on 01707 324300.

Remaining performances are:

* Sunday, September 19 at 2.30pm

* Tuesday, September 21 at 8pm

* Wednesday, September 22 at 8pm

* Thursday, September 23 at 8pm

* Friday, September 24 at 8pm

* Saturday, September 25 at 8pm

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