By James Inverne
21 Jul 2005
What the Butler Saw features Geoff Breton as Nicholas Beckett, Jonathan Coy as Dr. Prentice, Huw Higginson as Sergeant Match, Belinda Lang as Mrs. Prentice, Joanna Page as Geraldine Barclay and Malcolm Sinclair as Dr. Rance. Set design is by Jonathan Fensom, lighting by Jason Taylor and sound design by Gregory Clarke.
The play was Orton’s last. A farce, it tells of Dr. Prentice’s ever-more frantic attempts to conceal his attempted infidelity with Geraldine, and that’s when things really get complicated.
According to the Internet Broadway Database, What the Butler Saw has never been performed on Broadway. The last Orton revival on the Great White Way was of Loot in 1986, when the cast included Alec Baldwin and Zoe Wanamaker. The last London revival of Butler, in 2001, starred Alison Steadman.
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