Entertaining Mr Sloane, 1964

Entertaining Mr Sloane, 1964

Joe Orton's play was considered shocking when it first appeared at the New Arts Theatre Club, London in 1964. Often interpreted as a modern version of the Oedipus myth, its combination of murder, mother love, homosexuality and its bawdy language shocked even the liberal audiences of the 1960s.

This picture shows Sloane (Dudley Sutton) attacking Kath (Madge Ryan) when the tension caused by the conflicting demands on him become too much. After the death of Kemp (Peter Vaughan), Ed and Kath compromise and agree to share Sloane, each living with him for six months of the year.

The main actors in this production all went on to major television and film careers, Dudley Sutton as Tinker in 'Lovejoy', Peter Vaughan as Felix Hutchinson in 'Our Friends in the North', and Madge Ryan in 'London Belongs to Me'.