It may be Swinging 60s London but out in the suburbs, behind closed doors, Kath is lonely. Craving love and affection, Kath and her bachelor brother take in a lodger. Soon both become infatuated with the shady young tenant with a murky past – Mr Sloane.
As the pair compete for the affections of their new lodger, they embark on a dangerous game which ends in blackmail and murder.
Imelda Staunton and Mathew Horne star in Joe Orton’s Entertaining Mr Sloane. A fiendishly dark comedy playing for a strictly limited West End season at the Trafalgar Studios.
Staunton’s stage credits include Guys And Dolls and Life X 3 at the National theatre, Uncle Vanya at the Vaudeville and There Came A Gipsy Riding at the Almeida. Staunton also won Laurence Olivier Awards for Into The Woods (1991) and A Chorus Of Disapproval/The Corn Is Green (1985). In 2005, the actress was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in Vera Drake.
Horne makes his West End debut in Entertaining Mr Sloane. He is best known for playing Gavin in the BBC comedy Gavin And Stacey and has previously been seen in The Catherine Tate Show and Roman’s Empire.
Originally staged in 1964, Joe Orton’s wickedly biting comedy Entertaining Mr Sloane, sparked controversy with its mischievous peep at the hypocrisy behind the ‘new’ permissive society of the 1960’s and the British fascination with sex.
For more about Entertaining Mr Sloane at the Trafalgar Studio 1, please read the First Night Feature.