£17.50 instead of £50 for a ticket to see The Butler, a two course meal, 2 cocktails, a programme and 20% off your next purchase of a ticket at the Pleasance Theatre - Save 65%
It's sexy, it's stunning to look at and it's very, very funny. It's The Butler. Where circus meets theatre and satire and holds the mirror up to the middle classes. Critics have called it Cirque du Soleil for grown-ups and Pinter on stilts. But The Butler is what The Butler is and what it is is the must-see show of 2010. As part of this fabulous £17.50 Groupon, you will receive a ticket to the show, a two-course meal, a pre-theatre cocktail, a programme, an interval cocktail PLUS 20% off your next purchase of a ticket at the wonderful Pleasance Theatre.
The Butler takes a hard look at the social manners and conventions of western culture, with often bizarre results. It's funny, it's sexy, it's visually stunning and it's a bitter satire. The central character of the butler presides over a dinner party. He stands apart from the action having seen and heard it all before. His introductory and closing asides reverberate with literary allusions - drawing on Elliot, Larkin, Shakespeare, Glover, MacNeice, a ragbag of pensees from the heritage of English speaking civilisation. Thus he sets the whole event within both a cultural milieu and a bleak universe. The Butler is X-rated with Nudity and explicit images used in the second half, so it's probably best to leave the kids at home.
In counterpoint to the butler's gloom, the dinner party guests are all-exuberance. Brittle as biscuits, they wind every social convention up to the pitch of parody and beyond. Their dialogue consists of snippets, expressive of shallowness of behaviour, of the skull beneath the flesh. Every trivial event - the taking of hats and coats, the saying of grace, the polite chit-chat, the serving of hours-d'oeuvres, expands by natural progression into grotesque and outrageous circus antics. The resulting action is chaotic and delightful, but underlain with an emptiness that the characters must defy. Here is a froth and bubble above the dark and the stark. It's like nothing seen before but it is instantly recognisable.
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What people are saying...
"The Butler is more than just a Cirque du Soleil for adults, it is a comedy of manners full of visual metaphors and utterly outstanding acrobatics. "
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