REVIEW: Entertaining Mr Sloane at the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds

Entertaining Mr Sloane ANL-140318-124841001

Entertaining Mr Sloane ANL-140318-124841001

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In its 50th year, playwright Joe Orton’s subversive black comedy still has the power to shock, challenge and entertain.

When the brutish yet mysterious Mr Sloane lodges with the lonely and highly strung Kath, he enters a damaged world scarred by family secrets.

His dark past soon seeps through into this bleak madcap abode and he is trapped between his seductress landlady and her repressed puritanical brother.

The art of manipulation and control dominates throughout the London Classic Theatre production at the Theatre Royal. It runs on a knife edge between tragedy, drama and comedy with stabs of piercing dark humour.