Tom O’Connell, James Seabright and The Watermill Theatre in association with King's Head Theatre and Park Theatre present
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Directed by Michael Fentiman
From the producers of Park Theatre sell-out hit The Boys in the Band comes another darkly comic masterpiece: Joe Orton's classic farce Loot. Uproarious slapstick meets dubious morals as two young friends stash the proceeds of a bank robbery in an occupied coffin, attempting to hide their spoils from the attentions of a psychopathic policeman, a gold-digging nurse and a grieving widower.
The ensuing black comedy shocked and delighted audiences in equal measure when the play premiered five decades ago, winning the Evening Standard Best Play award.
This fiftieth anniversary production is directed by Michael Fentiman, whose credits include two acclaimed shows for the Royal Shakespeare Company as well as the recent Park Theatre critically-acclaimed hit, Raising Martha.
Please be aware this production contains full frontal nudity. Parental discretion advised.
"Orton's savage farce now even funnier and filthier" ★★★★★ The Guardian
"Rude, blasphemous, corrosive, as fresh today as when it was written LOOT is not for the easily offended but it's their loss" ★★★★★ Daily Express
"Wonderful frippery... certainly entertaining" ★★★★ The Times
"smart, entertaining" ★★★★ Financial Times
"gag after aphoristic, satirical gag" ★★★★ Daily Telegraph
"Loot is an example of a playwright working at his best. It's a farcical romp, still absolutely relevant today... This robust, riotous outing is much-welcome" ★★★★ WhatsOnStage
"Debauched capers in which eyeballs, false teeth and all human dignity go flying - it's breathlessly funny" ★★★★ The Stage
"Definitive weapons-grade offensive Orton. Would Joe be proud with this production? Undoubtedly" ★★★★ QX Magazine
"A terrific revival of this pitch-black, dizzying farce - it hits the spot" ★★★★ Radio Times
"A phenomenal piece of theatre directed with flair & understanding of the material by Michael Fentiman. Loot is a superb farce where timing is crucial and this cast pulls it off - a magical theatrical experience." ★★★★★ Boyz
"some things are worth saying – shouting, jeering – in every generation" ★★★★ Libby Purves, Theatre Cat
"There were laughs, gasps and plenty of red-faced applause. Joe Orton would have been proud" ★★★★ The Morning Star
"Do anything to get a ticket, for this really is an unmissable, blissfully comic, delight" ★★★★★ ActDrop
"The pinnacle of satire, the darkly comic tale unfolds like a Coen Brothers remake of 'Fawlty Towers'. The audience was whooping, cheering, whistling & clapping like possessed seals…at the interval!" ★★★★★ EntertainmentFocus
"An hilarious production featuring a brilliant cast, it's a comedy that doesn’t disappoint" ★★★★ The Upcoming
"Dizzyingly enjoyable... a thoroughly fun evening" ★★★★ The Arts Desk
"Consistently hilarious and reveals the play to be surprisingly relevant to the modern world" ★★★★ ReviewsHub
"Filth, farce and absurdism - this is a raucous and racy evening with contemporary audiences still audibly shockable" ★★★★ Londonist
"For those who like their humour as dark as possible, this hilarious production is perfect" ★★★★ LoveLondonLoveCulture