Entertaining Mr Sloane was first staged in 1964. Despite its success in performance, and being hailed by Sir Terence Rattigan as 'the best first play' he'd seen in 'thirty odd years', it was not until the London production of Loot in 1966 - less than a year before Joe Orton's untimely death - that theatre audiences and critics began to more fully appreciate the originality of Orton's elegant, alarming and hilarious writing. Introduced by John Lahr, the author of Orton's biography Prick up Your Ears, Entertaining Mr Sloane is now established as an essential part of the repertoire of the modern theatre
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'This is a play that has dated no more than The Importance of Being Earnest.'
Benedict Nightingale, The Times, 31.1.09||'Forty-five years after its London premiere, Joe Orton's Entertaining Mr Sloane comes up almost as fresh as a four-leaf clover. If there has been a funnier British comedy since Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, I cannot recall it.'
Nicholas de Jongh, Evening Standrad, 2.2.09||'Entertaining Mr Sloane retains its power to provoke and startle. It is a truly amoral piece, wild, witty and utterly heartless.'
Charles Spencer, Daily Telegraph, 2.2.09||'The play's language, with its sly double entendres and surreal subversiveness, remains distinctive, crying out for liberation from the restrictive social context of its original creation.'
Robert Shore, Metro (London), 3.2.09