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Saturday July 21st 2018

Entertaining Mr Sloane| 1969

Entertaining Mr Sloane filming location: Camberwell Old Cemetery, Honor Oak, London
Entertaining Mr Sloane location: the old house: Camberwell Old Cemetery, Honor Oak, London

It's a long way from Joe Orton, but this adaptation of his stage play is still an enjoyably tasteless comedy with priceless performances. The Midlands semi sited by a rubbish tip becomes a Gothic folly in a London cemetery.

It's Camberwell Old Cemetery in Honor Oak, south London.

The lodge where Kath (Beryl Reid) entertains Mr Sloane (Peter McEnery) stands at the entrance to the cemetery on on Forest Hill Road, opposite Marmora Road, SE22.

A Grade II-listed building, the 1856 house was in a sad state of disrepair when it was put on the market by owners Southwark Council for £100,000 in 1993. The conservatory had gone and the stained-glass windows replaced by breeze blocks. Happily, it's since been restored as a private home.

Across from the cemetery, by the way, is Therapia Road, site of the parents' house in 28 Weeks Later...