London Classic Theatre presents

What the Butler Saw

By Joe Orton

Tue 11 – Sat 15 Jun, 2024 Archive
What the Butler Saw is Joe Orton’s final, most ambitious play, manic farce and masterclass in fearless comic writing.

No institution, political view or tradition is safe, as Orton focuses his wicked sense of humour on a range of targets, including the establishment, an ex-Prime Minister, cross-dressing, misogyny and the medical profession. He brings together an array of distinctive characters, placing them in a series of improbable situations, unflinchingly exploring comic territory few playwrights before or since have dared to visit.

Within the pristine walls of his private psychiatric clinic, Doctor Prentice is interviewing a new secretary. Geraldine wants the position but seems underqualified and uncertain about her parentage. Mrs Prentice appears, flushed and in urgent need of a drink, following an illicit encounter with Nick Beckett, blackmailer and bellboy at the Station Hotel. In the meantime, Doctor Rance, a Government Inspector and Sergeant Match, a policeman, arrive amidst increasing chaos with searching questions of their own.


Main House


Time: 7:30pm & 2:30pm
Performance duration: 120 mins (Incl. Interval)
Age guidance: 14+
Advisories: Contains strong language and subject matter which the playwright very much hoped audiences would find offensive.


What The Butler Saw (2024) Production Trailer © by Paul Keeley-Sandys


Nicholas Beckett

Alex Cardall

Doctor Prentice

John Dorney

Geraldine Barclay

Alana Jackson

Doctor Rance

Jack Lord

Sergeant Match

Jon-Paul Rowden

Mrs Prentice

Holly Smith