The Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End is the home of Jo Orton’s classic comedy “What the Butler Saw” this May. The production will be directed by comedian and director Sean Foley and whilst the name of a famous Orton comedy will be enough to have audiences clamouring for theatre tickets, the show also boasts a well known television personality in the lead role – Omid Djalili. It will be the latest time the comedian has made his way to the stage following his stint as Fagin in “Oliver the Musical” at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and should provide a memorable experience for audiences.
In “What the Butler Saw” Djalili will portray the role of Dr Rance, a government inspector who makes an appearance at a psychiatric practice when things get out of hand. The focus is on Dr Prentice and the chaos that ensues when he attempts to hire a new secretary at his practice. This begins when he interviews Geraldine Barclay and asks her to undress as part of the process, meaning that she is forced to hide when Prentice’s wife arrives on the scene. But she is not innocent in it all either as she has promised the job to her seducer and blackmailer Nicholas Beckett.
Djalili is known around the country for his appearances in various different television programmes and movies, though he has also appeared in the West End in the mentioned production of “Oliver the Musical”, which cast him as Fagin (other comedians, like Rowan Atkinson, also took on the role during the run). His credits include “Gladiator”, “The Mummy”, “Notting Hill”, “The Infidel”, “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” and “Casanova”, alongside television shows “Black Books”, “Have I Got News for You” and “The Omid Djalili Show”.
Orton’s work is always highly regarded when it arrives in the capital, with “What the Butler Saw” first appearing at London’s Queen’s Theatre in 1969. His play “Entertaining Mr Sloane” was also seen in the West End recently when it was staged at Trafalgar Studios 1 with Matthew Horne in 2009.
“What the Butler Saw” arrives at the Vaudeville Theatre on Wednesday 16th May 2012 (with previews from Friday 4th May 2012) and continues to Saturday 25th August 2012.
|Booking From:||Friday, 4th May 2012|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 28th July 2012|
|Matinees:||Thursday and Saturday 2.30pm|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 7.30pm|
|Running Time:||2 hours 30 minutes|
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