Performance Information

by Joe Orton by arrangement with Samuel French Ltd. 

“A comedy classic of English Literature”, THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

Set in a psychiatric clinic, the riotous comedy WHAT THE BUTLER SAW tells the story of Doctor Prentice’s practice undergoing Government inspection by the overzealous and sensationalist Doctor Rance, keen to complete his latest book on the Human Condition. Thrown into the mix are love interests, secrets galore, mistaken identities, clothes swapping, a lot of doors (after all, it is a farce!) a statue of the great Winston Churchill and a lot of great one liners.

The play questions the trustworthiness of those in authority, and the (mis)treatment of women, making the show especially relevant in the wake of the Trump impeachment enquiry and #metoo movement although written some 50+ years ago.

This show contains adult content and some controversial humour and is not recommended for anyone under the age of 18. 

Tickets available 4th April 2020



Dr. Prentice – Peter Whitehead

Geraldine Barclay – Stephanie Devoy

Mrs. Prentice – Georgina Bridle

Nicholas Beckett – Jack Lovegrove

Dr. Rance – Dave King

Sgt. Match – Stuart Davey

Produced and Directed for HATS by Kay Napier and John Dixon