Joe Orton

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Timothy O’Brien obituary
Stage designer who worked for the Royal Shakespeare Company, at the National Theatre in London and opera houses in the UK and abroad

Michael Coveney

25, Oct, 2022 @3:58 PM

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Diary of a Somebody review – stunning drama from Joe Orton’s journal
The playwright’s relationship with Kenneth Halliwell is given new clarity in a play that is both hilarious and chilling

Ryan Gilbey

31, Mar, 2022 @12:35 PM

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Adam and the Ants: how the wild tribe revealed pop's theatre of dreams
In our series on musicians with a formative influence on our writers, Alexis Petridis on his relationship with the band for whom ridicule was nothing to be scared of

Alexis Petridis

15, Feb, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Dudley Sutton obituary
Veteran stage and screen actor who found fame as Tinker Dill in the BBC series Lovejoy

Simon Farquhar

16, Sep, 2018 @2:26 PM

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The best TV this week: Easy is back with more sex in the city
Joe Swanberg’s comedy anthology returns for a second series on Netflix, while BBC Two looks back on the tragically short life of playwright Joe Orton

The Guide

24, Nov, 2017 @12:00 PM

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How to play dead: the corpse’s view of Joe Orton’s Loot
In Orton’s dark farce, staged uncut for the first time, Anah Ruddin plays the recently deceased Mrs McLeavy whose body is extravagantly manhandled. She describes the stiff challenges of the role

Interview by Chris Wiegand

07, Sep, 2017 @10:19 AM

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Loot review – the farce is strong with this one
Park theatre, London
A classy cast ground Joe Orton’s comedy, despite a distractingly fabulous set

Clare Brennan

03, Sep, 2017 @7:00 AM

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Loot review – Joe Orton's savage farce now even funnier and filthier
From the necrophilia to the suggestion Christ was framed, the playwright’s most dangerous work – performed without the censor’s cuts for the first time – shows Orton wasn’t just out to shock

Michael Billington

24, Aug, 2017 @12:17 PM

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Kenneth Cranham on Joe Orton: the charming mischief-maker
Kenneth Cranham was a teenager when Joe Orton cast him in a radio play and the pair became close friends. Fifty years after the great playwright’s murder, he remembers a flat full of cream cakes, 400 performances of Loot and the whitest T-shirt he ever saw

Interview by Emine Saner

09, Aug, 2017 @11:00 AM

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The death of Joe Orton - archive, August 1967
How the Guardian reported the death of Joe Orton, 50 years ago, from his funeral to the legal problems with his will

Richard Nelsson

09, Aug, 2017 @5:00 AM

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Joe Orton's play Loot to be staged uncut 50 years after being censored
Scenes that hinted at homosexuality and mocked church and police removed by lord chamberlain before 1966 West End debut

Marianna Spring

06, Aug, 2017 @6:58 PM

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Prick Up Your Ears review – Stephen Frears' terrific testament to murdered playwright Joe Orton
Rereleased 50 years after Orton’s death, this Frears-directed 1987 biopic sees Gary Oldman and Alfred Molina in utterly convincing form

Peter Bradshaw

03, Aug, 2017 @5:00 AM

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