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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

 

 
 

NEWS AUTUMN 2014

 

HAVE YOU SEEN THIS AWARD?
JOE'S EVENING STANDARD AWARD FOR 'LOOT' IS MISSING
It is with regret we announce that the iconic Evening Standard Award that Joe was awarded for Loot (best play 1966) has gone missing.

The Orton Estate have asked for help to see if anyone has information regarding it's whereabouts. The award was last seen in 2007 at the 'Retrospective' exhibition held in Leicester.

There is a reward for the return of this treasured Orton artefact. If you have any information please can you indicate this in the comments box on the Orton Facebook page here so that we can forward this to the estate. With many thanks on behalf of Leonie Orton Barnett

EVENTS
Entertaining Mr Sloane - 50th Anniversary Celebration!
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

PERFORMANCES
JOE ORTON’S ‘FRED & MADGE’
at The Hope Theatre, Islington, this September
Fred & Madge (1959) is the first play by Joe Orton. Until now this full length play has been unseen. Now for the first time it will be staged at The Hope Theatre, a stone’s throw from Orton’s former bedsit flat on Noel Road where he lived, wrote and was murdered. See more details here


OTHER NEWS
FOLLOW ORTON ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER
You may wish to join the Joe Orton facebook group here to speak to other Orton fans or raise queries. We are also on Twitter @OfficiallyOrton

RECENT PUBLICATIONS
Malicious Damage:
The Defaced Library Books of Kenneth Halliwell and Joe Orton
by Ilsa Colsell

‘Libraries might as well not exist; they’ve got endless shelves for rubbish and hardly any space for good books.’ Orton, 1967.
New book about the defaced library books now available here
Read more about the Islington Library Books here
Read the Guardian article and review here


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