What the Butler Saw CANCELLED

5-13 August 2022
38 days from now
Like Oscar Wilde on fast-forward, brain-bending one-liners and triple entendres tumble on top of one another at increasingly dizzying speed Belvoir St Theatre
Hilarious, outrageous . . . It dazzles! Wonderfully verbal, toying with words as if they were firecrackers New York Times

Presented by The Very Popular Theatre Co

Update 10/5/2022

The Very Popular Theatre Co regretfully advise that What the Butler Saw, planned for 05-13 August 2022 in the Playhouse, has unfortunately been cancelled due to unforeseeable circumstances.

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A psychiatric doctor in an exclusive, private clinic, attempts to interview an attractive would-be secretary in this savage, sexually-charged satire which is arguably more relevant now than in 1969.

More than 50 years after its premiere, Orton’s completely anarchic final farce deserves to be recognised as a play in tune with today’s #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. It is excoriating satire on a society which elides, minimises, normalises and even romanticises rape. Orton thoughtfully uses this theme to amplify his central concerns: hypocrisy, corruption, misogyny and the limits of sexual revolution.

Alex Emeljanow brings Orton’s provocative attack on hypocrisy somersaulting into 2022, with this darkest of farces. It is stuffed full of twists and turns, mishaps and changes of fortune, coincidences and lunatic logic, in which six characters gradually lose the plot, their wits and/or their clothes.

Whether you see it as a black satire on the abuse of power, a savage assault on ‘respectability’, a post-Freudian dark night of the sexual soul or simply as a work of profound mischief, Orton’s wit and invention are as dazzling and fresh as ever.

Running time 2hrs inc interval


  • Friday 05 August 2022 7:30 PM
  • Saturday 06 August 2022 2:00 PM
    7:30 PM
  • Wednesday 10 August 2022 7:30 PM
  • Friday 12 August 2022 7:30 PM
  • Saturday 13 August 2022 2:00 PM
    7:30 PM

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