Entertaining Mr Sloane

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Entertaining Mr Sloane is a comedy by the English playwright Joe Orton [1] (1933-1967). It pits Sloane, a brooding, dangerous lodger against his hosts. As Sloane prowls the house, his charm works on everyone but it cannot help him shake his dark past and shadowy impulses.

The play was first produced in London at the New Arts Theatre on 6 May 1964.

The original text

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1977: Produced at the Hofmeyr Theatre in 1977 under the direction of Don Maguire, starring himself with Keith Grenville, Barbara Maguire and John Worsley. Lighting by Andrew Tod, set by Barry Jarvis.

1984: Presented by Rhodes University at the National Arts Festival, 1984, directed by Simon Heginbotham, featuring Janice Bowen, Guy de Lancey, Andrew Wilson and David Austin.

1986: Directed by Robert Whitehead in October 1986 for a performance at Upstairs at the Market starring Danny Keogh, Anthony James, Kevin Smith and Christine le Brocq.



Theatre programme (Hofmeyr production), 1977.

Nationatl Arts Festival programme, 1984.

Tucker, 1997. 446.

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