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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 afternoon’.

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

Text © Leicester City Council
Orton diary excerpt © The Orton Estate

NEWS ARCHIVE

LOOT- LONDON 2008-9

OPENING OF ORTON SQUARE - NOV 08


ENTERTAINING MR SLOANE - JAN TO APRIL 2009

PRICK UP YOUR EARS - SEPT - NOV 2009

JOE ORTON'S DIARIES FEATURED IN BBC FOUR BROADCAST JAN 2010

WHAT THE BUTLER SAW - SUMMER 2010

GAY ICONS - SHEFFIELD UNI - NOV 2010

MALICIOUS DAMAGE - ISLINGTON - OCT 2011-FEB 2012

ENTERTAINING MR SLOANE - 50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION!
June 2014 - University of Leicester

JOE ORTON’S ‘FRED & MADGE’
at The Hope Theatre, Islington, Autumn 2014

 

 
 

NEWS - SUMMER - AUTUMN 2016

 

EVENTS

EXCITING EVENTS COMING UP THIS AUTUMN TO COINCIDE WITH THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE LONDON PREMIER OF LOOT AND THE PUBLICATION OF LEONIE ORTON'S NEW MEMOIR 'I HAD IT IN ME'

An Evening with Kenneth Cranham
Curve Theatre, Leicester
Saturday 24 September, 7pm
Join Kenneth Cranham, winner of the 2016 Olivier Award for Best Actor, as he looks back on more than 50 years in theatre. He’ll also share memories of his unique relationship with Leicester-born playwright Joe Orton.
See details and book here

Joe Orton's Loot: A 50th Anniversary Celebration
New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester
Sunday 25 September, 11.30-4.30.
The event is complemented by an exhibition featuring material from the Joe Orton Archive at the University of Leicester. More details here
Free event, booking essential, to book please call 0116 225 4900.

And as part of Literary Leicester Festival in November 2016:
Join Leonie Orton to discuss her memoir 'I Had It in Me'
(See putlication details below)
Diana, Princess of Wales Hall, Attenborough Arts Centre
University of Leicester
Nov 16, 2016
from 02:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Free Event: Booking essential
More details here

PUBLICATIONS

I Had it in Me
Leonie Orton
Publication date: 21st October 2016

I Had It In Me is the memoir of Leonie Orton, Joe's youngest sister. Leonie tells her own story of growing up on a Leicester council estate in the 1940s and 1950s as her brother rose to become a remarkable writer. For the first time
she recounts how the family coped with his brutal murder and lost diaries.
She also describes her fight to educate herself, nurture her own family
and eventually take over the management of her brother’s legacy.
More details here

OTHER NEWS

Islington Museum recently Tweeted a link to their online Orton & Halliwell displays. See them here and here

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Entertaining Mr Sloane - 50th Anniversary Celebration Recordings
In summer 2014. Leicester University, which holds the Joe Orton Archive, hosted a day of screenings, talks and readings to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his first play, Entertaining Mr Sloane. Recordings of speakers at the event are now available via the University's Sound Cloud account. More details here

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