Competition: Win tickets to Joe Orton’s What the Butler Saw on film at the BFI plus Q&A

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Orton’s last play offers a cascade of breathtaking and brilliant one-liners in the style of Oscar Wilde.

Completed just before his death at the hands of his lover Kenneth Halliwell in 1967, the play represents the apotheosis of Orton’s technique. Here he finds the magic formula for fusing the best of the British farce tradition with a cascade of breathtaking and brilliant one-liners in the style of Wilde: ‘I represent Her Majesty’s government, your immediate superiors in madness.’ With perfect casting, director Barry Davis captures the fast, furious and outrageously irreverent comedy, while at the same time staring into the heart of Orton’s troubled psyche as the play descends into something darker and more prophetic.

Starring Dinsdale Landen, Prunella Scales, Timothy West, Tyler Butterworth.

Q&A with Orton’s biographer John Lahr, Orton’s sister Leonie Orton and actor/Orton’s personal friend, Kenneth Cranham

Sunday 27 August 2017 15:00

For full details go to BFI.org

To win a pair of tickets to What the Butler Saw, go to www.thestage.co.uk/competitions and enter your details and put ORTON in the code box. Entries close at midnight on August 20.

Terms and conditions: Subject to availability