Orton's classic farce gets Curve treatment
Curve is aiming to entertain audiences with a play by Leicester's most celebrated writers.
Entertaining Mr Sloane, Joe Orton's first stage work, will begin its three-week run with a live dress rehearsal tomorrow and a preview night on Friday.
The show will officially premiere next Tuesday.
The cast got together yesterday to try on their costumes and take a first look at the Curve stage.
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Alex Felton, who plays Mr Sloane, said: "I really love Joe Orton's work. I saw my first Orton play – What the Butler Saw – when I was 16 and I've been a huge fan ever since.
"His work has had such an impact on my life and I recently read his autobiography, which I think has helped me understand the role of Mr Sloane a bit more."
The play is set in the swinging '60s and features the charismatic Mr Sloane, who is looking for a place to live.
He rents a room from Kath – a middle-aged landlady – who forces her feminine wiles on her new tenant. It was written by Orton, who was bought up in the Saffron Lane area, before moving to London to pursue his dream of being a writer.
The show has a cast of just four and features Andrew Dunn as Kath's brother, Ed, and John Griffiths as Kath and Ed's father.
It runs until November 24.