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Entertaining Mr Sloane is being presented at the New Vic Theatre this month

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: April 13, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

  • Entertaining Mr Sloane_l-r Paul Sandys as Sloane and Nicholas Gasson as Kemp-image by Sheila Burnett.

  • ntertaining Mr Sloane_Paul Sandys as Sloane and Pauline Whitaker as Kath (2)_image by Sheila Burnett.

  • Entertaining Mr Sloane_Paul Sandys as Sloane_image by Sheila Burnett

  • Entertaining Mr Sloane_Pauline Whitaker as Kath and Paul Sandys as Sloane.

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The London Classic Theatre is making a welcome return to the New Vic Theatre this month to present Entertaining Mr Sloane.

Marking the 50th anniversary of Joe Orton's classic black comedy the production is at the theatre-in-the-round from Tuesday, April 15 until Saturday, April 19.

Kath and her father live in a house on the edge of a rubbish dump. When their drab existence is interrupted by the arrival of a new lodger, the attractive, enigmatic Mr Sloane, it's not long before Kath and brother Ed are competing for his attention. But all is not as it seems. Behind Sloane's nonchalant demeanor lies a calculating psychopath with a dark and secretive past. Seduction, blackmail and murder is 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.

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Its unique blend of farce and black comedy beautifully captures the suppressed desires of a society on the cusp of a sexual revolution.

Michael Cabot, Artistic Director, London Classic Theatre, said: "I'm thrilled to be directing this wonderfully cheeky, subversive, dark comedy which, half a century after it first appeared on the London stage, still has the power to shock, amuse and delight."

With thirty critically-acclaimed productions since their touring debut in April 2000, regular New Vic visitors London Classic Theatre have established a reputation for bold, imaginative theatre of the highest quality.

Tickets for Entertaining Mr Sloane, priced £12 to £21 (concessions available), are available by calling the New Vic box office on 01782 717962.

Other plays coming up at the New Vic Theatre is: Teachers from Wednesday, April 23 until Saturday, April 26; I Don't Want to Set The World on Fire! from Friday, May 2 until Saturday, May 24; Inherit The Wind from Saturday, May 31 until Saturday, June 14; Around The World In Eighty Days from Friday, June 20 until Saturday, July 5; A History of Falling Things from Friday, July 11 until Saturday, July 26; and Eric & Cleopatra from Monday, August 18 until Saturday, August 30.

There are also a number of concerts set to be presented at the Ne Vic Theatre. Go online to www.newvictheatre.org.uk find out more.

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