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Joe Orton

(1933—1967) playwright


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(1933–67),

playwright and novelist, born in Leicester, left school at 16 to train as an actor. His comedies, which include Entertaining Mr Sloane (1964), Loot (1965), and the posthumously performed What the Butler Saw (1969), are black, stylish, satirical, and violent, and their emphasis on corruption and sexual perversion made them a succès de scandale. Orton was battered to death in his Islington home by his friend and companion, Kenneth Halliwell, who then committed suicide. Orton's novel Between Us Girls, written in 1957, was published in 1998.

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