Loot: STC Farce opens tonight

 Joe Orton’s  Lootby Joe Orton12 September to 23 October 2011. Opens 16 September 2011 at 8.00pmDrama Theatre, Sydney Opera House Richard Cottrell, director of Sydney Theatre Company’s hit shows Travesties and Ying Tong: A Walk With The Goons, brings his unique sensibility for great British comedy to Joe Orton’s wild and anarchic farce, Loot.  Opening at the Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House, on 16 September 2011 (with previews form 12 September), the production features an exceptional ensemble cast comprised of Caroline Craig, Darren Gilshenan, Robin Goldsworthy, Lee Jones, Josh McConville and William Zappa. As a bereaved husband, Mr McLeavy (William Zappa), prepares for his wife’s funeral, their amoral son Hal (Robin Goldsworthy) and his lascivious friend Dennis (Josh McConville) seize on Mrs McLeavy’s coffin as an ideal place to temporarily stash the cash from a recent robbery.  When prying Inspector Truscott (Darren Gilshenan) – posing as a Water Board official – arrives on the scene, the boys realise the heat is on. Their only way out is to trust Fay (Caroline Craig), a nurse with a mysterious past.This hilarious comedy of greed, lust and middle class manners satirically exposed the hypocrisy lying just beneath the surface of British life in 1966 when it was initially produced in the West End.  A year later Joe Orton was tragically murdered at just 34 years of age.  In his short career he outraged and delighted audiences with plays that also included What the Butler Saw and Entertaining Mr. Sloane.
Director: Richard Cottrell. Designer: Victoria Lamb. Lighting Designer: Gavan Swift. Composer/Sound Designer: Jeremy Silver Cast: Caroline Craig, Darren Gilshenan, Robin Goldsworthy, Lee Jones, Josh McConville, William Zappa

Erin James

Erin James is AussieTheatre.com's former Editor in Chief and a performer on both stage and screen. Credits include My Fair Lady, South Pacific and The King and I (Opera Australia), Love Never Dies and Cats (Really Useful Group), Blood Brothers (Enda Markey Presents), A Place To Call Home (Foxtel/Channel 7) and the feature film The Little Death (written and directed by Josh Lawson).

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