From the producers of the recent hit The Boys in the Band comes a new production of Joe Orton’s comic play Loot, arriving at the Park Theatre from the 17th August. 

Directed by Michael Fentiman (Raising Martha) and produced by Tom O’Connell Productions, Loot is Joe Orton’s darkly comic masterpiece involving a load of cash and an occupied coffin.

Uproarious slapstick meets dubious morals as two young friends stash the proceeds of a bank robbery in an occupied coffin, attempting to hide their spoils from the attentions of a psychopathic policeman, a gold-digging nurse and a grieving widower.

The new production marks the 50th anniversary Joe Orton’s death on 9 August 1967, and just months after Loot’s award-winning West End season at the Criterion Theatre.

This black comedy was named as one of the National Theatre’s 100 Plays of the Century, shocking audiences when it originally premiered five decades ago.

Casting for this upcoming production has yet to be announced. The creative team will include designs by Gabriella Slade, lighting by Elliot Griggs and sound by Max Pappenheim.

Fascinated with the macabre, Joe Orton wrote a handful of plays between 1963-1967, before he was tragically murdered by his partner Kenneth Halliwell. As well as Loot, Orton’s plays included Entertaining Mr Sloane and What The Butler Saw.

Loot will play at the Park Theatre from the 17th August until the 24th September. For more information and to book tickets visit: https://www.parktheatre.co.uk/whats-on/loot

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