the ruffian on the stair

writer: JOE ORTON / director: PAUL CLAYTON
29 Jan - 16 Feb 2019
7:45pm
£15/£12
Tues - Sat

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

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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.

Cast includes Lucy Benjamin (Eastenders, Casualty, Detectorists) as JOYCE in her first return to stage since 2015. Gary Webster (Eastenders, Minder) will play MIKE and Adam Buchanan (Alan Bates Award Winner, Park Theatre, Theatre By The Lake) will play WILSON.

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

Box Office opens at 7.00pm for cash sales and collection of pre-booked tickets. The performance lasts approximately 60mins without interval and contains strong language and adult themes. No re-admittance once the performance has commenced.

LATECOMERS MAY NOT BE ADMITTED. PLEASE ARRIVE IN GOOD TIME FOR THE START TIME OF 7.45PM.

Over 18s only. Due to pub licensing laws no one under the age of 18 is permitted into the building after 7pm.

Refunds are not available. In extreme circumstances tickets purchased may be exchanged for another performance if adequate written notice is provided.

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