See What the Butler Saw at Welwyn Garden City theatre

PUBLISHED: 09:59 19 September 2010 | UPDATED: 11:26 19 September 2010

Laurie Skelton as Geraldine Barclay and Carl Westmoreland as Dr Prentice in What the Butler Saw

Laurie Skelton as Geraldine Barclay and Carl Westmoreland as Dr Prentice in What the Butler Saw


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

What the Butler Saw

Free pre- and post-show talks:

* Tuesday, September 21 at 7.30pm in the Clubroom – Director Eric Chorley makes sense of the madcap in Orton’s farce.

* Wednesday, September 22 at 7.30pm in the Clubroom – Dr Cindy Lawford attempts to explain why there is so much sex in the play.

* Thursday, Septmber 23 after the performance – Cast members stay on stage to answer audience questions.

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!”

What the Butler Saw

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.

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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