Orton's final play, completed in July 1967 less than a month before he was killed by his partner Kenneth Halliwell, premiered at the West End's Queen's Theatre in March 1969. According to press materials, when psychoanalyst Dr. Prentice instructs his new secretary to undress, little does he expect to be interrupted by his wife, her blackmailing lover, a meddling government inspector and an inquisitive policeman. But hiding a naked woman is the least of his worries, as libidos run riot, identities are swapped and social decorum is buried.
Djalili, who plays Dr. Prentice, is a British-Iranian stand-up comic and actor. He has previously appeared in the West End taking over as Fagin in Oliver! at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. His film credits include "The Mummy," "Gladiator," "Spy Game," "Mean Machine," "Modigliani," "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow," "Casanova," "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End," "The Love Guru," "The Infidel" and "Sex and the City 2." TV credits include "Small Potatoes," "Dinutopia," "Whoopi" and "The Omid Djalili Show." His current sell-out UK tour finishes Feb. 25 at London's Hammersmith Apollo.
What the Butler Saw is directed by Sean Foley, currently represented in the West End by his production of The Ladykillers at the Gielgud. For the Right Size, which he co-founded, he created over ten original comedies, including The Play What I Wrote that ran in the West End and on Broadway.
The production is designed by Alice Power, with lighting by Johanna Town, composition and sound by Ben and Max Ringham, and casting by Anne Vosser. It is produced in London by MJE Productions.
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