Orton, Geraldine McEwan and Kenneth Williams pictured during rehearsals
of the original production of Loot which opened at the Cambridge
Arts Theatre on February 1st 1965.
In a letter to Halliwell Orton despairs ’The
play is a disaster’. In a review the Cambridge
News called it ‘a very bad play’. Orton began a series
of rewrites and the cast began a schizophrenic existence, rehearsing
the rewrites in the afternoon and performing the original material
in the evening.
The cast were given the option of taking the play to London, they
all declined. Loot died an ignominious death after 56 performances
and three rewrites.
However, Loot was successfully revived in 1966, going on to win
the Evening Standard’s Best Play award.
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