Doon Mackichan, Javone Prince and Matt Di Angelo

[Photo: Tristram Kenton]

“Bracing and macabre…Sean Holmes has sharpened the brilliant edge of Orton’s wordplay and stagecraft” Independent

“Ingenious blast of bad-taste satire…Loot spirals inventively into the higher reaches of presposterousness, false reasoning and sheer lunacy…a delectable amusement” Evening Standard

“Brutal comic momentum” Whatsonstage

“Precisely directed…..death is deliciously disrespected and a manic Haig, probably our greatest comic actor, is on top form.” The Jewish Chronicle

“Orton’s most accomplished play. It’s a real treat.” The Stage

“Haig is in blissful comic form” Telegraph

“Orton’s unforgiving eye sharpened by time and trilbys….David Haig now plays Truscott to the hilt……first-rate farce performance….excellent work from Doon Mackichan” Guardian

“Remains as shocking as it must have been when it first premiered 42 years ago….David Haig’s masterfully manic Inspector Truscott….cast to the hilt with Matt Di Angelo making a fetching stage debut…Doon Mackichan hilarious” Sunday Express

 “Sean Holmes’s revival proves there’s plenty of life in this gloriously implausible black farce…Haig ignites the stage wherever he appears on it” Metro

“Tight, ingenious plotting” Financial Times

“Here Orton displays his dramtic talent for the ingenious and the unsettling….a glorious central performance from David Haig” Sunday Times

“David Haig is a blast…provokes eruptions of laughter” Independent on Sunday

“Deliciously silly and a welcome alternative to painful panto jokes” The Mail on Sunday

A masterpiece of black farce, Loot follows the fortunes of two young lads, Dennis and Hal, who hijack Hal’s mother’s coffin to stash the loot from a recent heist.

The plot thickens as her body keeps turning up around the house, the unscrupulous police Inspector Truscott arrives on the scene sowing confusion around him, whilst nurse Fay works her dubious charms on Hal’s dad.

In a short but prolific career Joe Orton shocked, outraged and amused audiences with his scandalous black comedies. His works include What the Butler Saw, Entertaining Mr. Sloane and The Erpingham Camp.

Special Event: ‘CELEBRATING MR ORTON’ Sun 18 Jan at 7.30pm

LOOT Champagne tickets

This production of LOOT is transferring to Theatre Royal Newcastle

3 February 2009 – 07 February

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3 Responses for “Loot”

  1. Ally! Says:

    I saw this production on first night and really enjoyed it. Sharp and witty script with great performances – sounded as though the rest of the audience agreed with me, judging by the laughter. I thought it was fantastic.

  2. Sue Says:

    Saw the show opening night (Thursday 11th) and is was great.

    Really funny and a very strong cast. David Haig was excellent and thought Matt di Angelo did really well especially as it was his stage debut.

  3. Lea Says:

    I’m off to see Loot on the 10th January and I’m very much looking foward to seeing this play. A couple of my friends have already been to see it already and throughly enjoyed it. I’ll let you know my thoughts after the 10th.

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Sean Holmes
Anthony Lamble
Jim Creighton, Matt Di Angelo, David Haig, James Hayes, Doon Mackichan and Javone Prince

Running time: Approximately 2 hours including an interval