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Ended 24 Sep 2017 after 38 days

Joe Orton's black satire returns from the dead in this new revival!

Closed 24 Sep 2017

The award-winning satirical farce returns!

Keeping up the dark humour theme following the world premiere of Joe Hampson's Rabbits, comes a vintage classic black comedy from Joe Orton, which shocked audiences when it premiered in 1965 in Cambridge. A satire on the Catholic Church, crime prevention and attitudes to grief, this slapstick farce follows two bank robbers who decide to stash their loot in an occupied coffin. Needless to say that it all goes pear-shaped, as they have to contend with an obsessive policeman and the widower of the woman in the casket....who just happens to be one of the robbers' mother.

Turning the conventions of popular farce on its head, Orton's comedy fully realises a hectic world and examines English attitudestowards death, religion and police corruption in the mid-20th century. A huge hit upon its premiere, it won the coveted Evening Stand Award for Best Play. This latest revival will be helmed by Michael Fentiman, fresh from directing Raising Martha at the Park Theatre as well.

Additional Information


Previews from: 17 August 2017

Opening night: 23 August 2017

Closing night: 24 September 2017


Suitable for ages 12+

Run time

Two hours (interval to be confirmed)

Show times


And before you stop reading

Press night performance on 23 Aug starts at 7pm

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