The Swan Theatre Company presents

What The Butler Saw

By Joe Orton

Directed by Holly Robson

Monday 7th - Saturday 12th May 2018

'What The Butler Saw' is set in the late 1960's and takes place in a private psychiatric clinin run by Dr Prentice.

It opens with the doctor examining Geraldine Barclay in a job interview. As part of the interview, he persuades her to undress. When his wife enters, he attempts to cover up his activity by hiding the girl behind a curtain. His wife, however, is also being seduced and blackmailed by a Nicholas Beckett. She, therefore, promises Nicholas the post as secretary, which adds further confusion and then there's the policeman! And  a government inspection, led by Dr. Rance, which reveals the chaos in the clinic. 

This play is very fast moving and very funny.

Show starts at 7:45 pm

  Doors open 7:15 pm, show starts 7.45pm.


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