The Evening Standard Award
In January 1967, Loot was awarded the London Evening Standard
award for Best Play of 1966. Much to Kenneth Halliwell’s
disappointment, Orton took Peggy Ramsay to the awards ceremony.
Orton went dressed in Halliwell’s striped suit, accompanied
by a wide flowered tie and a high collared striped shirt. Orton
and Ramsay were announced as ‘Mr & Mrs Orton’.
Ramsay said to Orton, ‘I’ll be your wife for the
The ‘Mr & Mrs Orton’ incident left Orton relieved
that he had left Halliwell at home:
‘All I could think of was how embarrassing if,
as I’d originally planned, I’d taken Kenneth’.
Orton diaries, 1967
Leicester City Council
diary excerpt © The Orton Estate
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