Omid Djalili stars in Joe Orton's classic What the Butler Saw in the West End - tickets on sale now

Posted: 2nd March 2012
Omid Djalili

The term 'classic farce' is often used to describe a particularly bawdy style of modern British theatre comedy. If you're not entirely sure what that means, see the following synopsis of the plot of English playwright Joe Orton's last work, written in 1967, 'What the Butler Saw'.

Dr Prentice, a psychiatrist, is interviewing Ms Geraldine Barclay for the job of office secretary for his practice. Finding her to his liking, in more ways than one, he asks her to undress. As she completes the task, the doctor's wife arrives, herself basking in the attentions of another, Mr Nicholas Beckett. The stripped interviewee is forced to hide behind a curtain in time for the good doctor's wife to offer the job to her suitor. There's undressing, cross-dressing, double-crossing, double entendres and laughs aplenty. The whole thing ends with a (toy) penis held high.

Now that's a farce. All that's needed to top the whole mix off is a very funny comedian with lengthy acting experience to take on the lead role of Dr Prentice. Enter Omid Djalili. Hilarious script, safe hands. It's going to be a huge, sold-out, five-star hit. Some things are just meant to be.

What the Butler Saw previews at the Vaudeville Theatre from 4th May, with a full opening on 19th May, and now booking until 25th August 2012. Evening performances are Monday to Saturday, with matinees on Thursday and Saturday afternoons.

We have tickets available now, priced from £25 for previews and £35 on/after opening night.

Stewart Darkin