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This production of What the Butler Saw by Joe Orton was performed at The Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester in April/May 1994.

What the Butler Saw is a comedy farce written by English playwright Joe Orton, first staged at the Queen's Theatre in London on 5 March 1969.
The play consists of two acts, and revolves around Dr. Prentice, a psychiatrist attempting to seduce his attractive prospective secretary, Geraldine Barclay.
The play opens with the doctor examining Geraldine Barclay in a job interview. As part of the interview, he convinces her to undress. The situation becomes more intense during Dr. Prentice's supposed "interview" with Geraldine Barclay when Mrs Prentice enters.
When his wife enters, he attempts to cover up his activity by hiding the girl behind a curtain. His wife, however, is also being seduced and blackmailed by Nicholas Beckett. She therefore promises Nicholas the post as secretary, which adds further confusion, including Nicholas and Geraldine dressing as the opposite sex.

Dr. Prentice's clinic is then faced by a government inspection. The inspection, led by Dr. Rance, reveals the chaos in the clinic. Dr. Rance talks about how he will use the situation to develop a new book: "The final chapters of my book are knitting together: incest, buggery, outrageous women and strange love-cults catering for depraved appetites.
All the fashionable bric-a-brac." A penis ("the missing parts of Sir Winston Churchill") is held aloft in the climactic scene.

Neil played Nicholas Beckett.

Author: Joe Orton; Directed by: Robert T Delamere; Design: Ashley Martin-Davis; Cast:Dr Prentice DAVID HOROVITCH, Geraldine Barclay KATE WINSLET, Mrs Prentice DEBORAH NORTON, Nicholas Beckett NEIL STUKE, Dr Rance TREVOR BAXTER, Sergeant Match BILLY HARTMAN