by Joe Orton, directed by Nikolai Foster
Dr. Prentice, a sex-obsessed psychiatrist, is attempting to seduce a prospective secretary but is frustrated by the arrival of his nymphomaniac wife, an over-enthusiastic hospital inspector and a dim-witted policeman. His clinic becomes a bedlam of mistaken identities, cross-dressing, dropped trousers and heightened libidos as the true traditions of classic farce are spiked with Joe Orton’s unmistakeable subversive glee.
This brand new production, commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of Orton’s death at the age of 34. An inspired comic masterpiece, it remains as fresh and audacious today as when it was originally produced in 1969.
Comedian and actor Rufus Hound plays Dr. Prentice. His credits include One Man Two Guvnors, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Sancho Panza in the RSC’s Don Quixote and Mr. Toad in Julain Fellowes’ new version of The Wind in The Willows.
Jasper Britton, whose recent credits include The Libertine, Richard III, The Jew of Malta and Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 for the RSC, plays Government Inspector Dr. Rance.
Geraldine is played by Dakota Blue Richards. Currently starring in Endeavour. Her other credits include Lyra in the film of The Golden Compass.
Catherine Russell (Holby City, Bridget Jones – The Edge of Reason) plays Dr. Prentice’s wife. The cast also includes Jack Holden as Nicholas Beckett and Ravi Ajula as Sergeant Match.