26th January 1993 - Ewan MacGregor is in 'What the Butler Saw' at Salisbury Playhouse

Ewan Mcgregor was at Salisbury Playhouse in 1993 The Times reviewed the show under the heading ‘Ripe Revival of a Ribald Romp‘on the 26th January saying:

The over-sexed pageboy - amusingly played by Ewan McGregor, particularly when wobbling on high heels - together with a doctor’s nympho wife (Isla Blair) and the inspector provide the impetus for Orton to get the boy disguised as a girl, the girl disguised as a boy, and the doctor accused of being a transvestite by a sexual murderer.[1]

One of the performances provided McGregor with a showbiz anecdote:

He recalls the time he starred in What the Butler Saw by Joe Orton in a tweedy theatre in Salisbury. “I had to stand up naked from behind a sofa and grab a policeman’s helmet to cover myself and dash across the stage,” he says. “One day I let the helmet go, just for effect, and there was this gasp - it was a matinee and the whole blue-rinse brigade was there. I loved it! I felt very powerful in that moment. So I kept doing it. But one day someone spilt water on the stage and I slipped and landed on my back. I was sliding with my legs up, arse first into the front row!”[2]

There’s a picture from the show here:

Picture of Mr Mc G by Nicolas Genin [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


[1] Jeremy Kingston. “Ripe revival of a ribald romp.” Times [London, England] 26 Jan. 1993: 38. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 14 Nov. 2013. URL:http://find.galegroup.com/ttda/infomark.do?&source=gale&prodId=TTDA&userGroupName=wiltsttda&tabID=T003&docPage=article&searchType=AdvancedSearchForm&docId=IF503352308&type=multipage&contentSet=LTO&version=1.0

[2] Ewan McGregor interview: Mr Sunshine vs the apocalypse | Film | The Guardian