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The Ruffian On The Stair
On from 29 Jan 2019 till 16 Feb 2019
The Hope Theatre
by Joe Orton
Genre(s): Drama, Comedy

Tickets: £12 - £15

About: The Ruffian On The Stair

A darkly comic tale of love, sex for sale, catholicism, homosexuality, power, lies, loneliness and goldfish.

“The heart is situated just below this badge on my pullover. Don’t miss, will you?”

When a young man says he’s looking for a room, he has so much more on his mind. For Joyce, an ex prostitute, hiding away from the world, does he bring release, or a different kind of ending? Left alone by her protector Mike, she has to deal with the intrusion on her own terms with unexpected results.

Placing his characters in a world of mystery, Orton taints their lives with the ordinary and the mundane, giving them a language that is entirely unique, he peels back the skin to outrage, shock, and amuse with a dark and farcical cynicism. This classic comedy of menace tells of shady meetings and a desire for revenge. Originally written for radio and first staged at the Royal Court in 1967, the year Orton met his death at the hands of his lover Kenneth Halliwell.

Brimful of Orton’s trademark coruscating wit, violence, sexuality and death are never far from the surface, THE RUFFIAN ON THE STAIR is the 8th in-house production from The Hope Theatre’s award winning team. It follows their previous ★★★★★, award nominated shows THE LESSON and BRIMSTONE & TREACLE and Offie award winning LOVESONG OF THE ELECTRIC BEAR. It’s directed by Paul Clayton whose directing credits include York Theatre Royal, The Watermill, Newbury and Nottingham Playhouse. As an actor Paul has appeared in a multitude of TV dramas and comedies including Him & Her and Peep Show, various West End stage appearances and, most recently, BRIMSTONE & TREACLE at The Hope. He became Patron of The Hope Theatre in 2017.

Reviews

Press on previous Hope Theatre in-house productions: –

★★★★★ “A first-class, riveting revival. Highly recommended” Act Drop

★★★★★ “I was expecting big things. I wasn’t let down” West End Wilma

★★★★★ “Wonderful… Another stunner from The Hope” IThankyou Theatre

★★★★★ “Dark and disturbing” London Theatre1

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