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Fry & McKellen back campaign for Joe Orton statue

Ian McKellen and Stephen Fry are among those backing a fundraising campaign to erect a statue of comic playwright Joe Orton in his hometown of Leicester.

Giverny Masso, The Stage, 25th July 2019

Joe Orton Laid Bare, BBC2, review

The black farce, and tragedy, of theatre's rough boy.

Jeff Robson, i Newspaper, 25th November 2017

"I have high hopes of dying in my prime," Joe Orton wrote in his diary in July 1967. Wish granted. Fifty years after his brutal murder at the hands of lover Kenneth Halliwell, this revealing, rude and melancholy film, featuring the playwright's own words, explores his short but dazzling life and career, plus a performance of an unpublished "pornographic" playlet ("While you were diddling Auntie, I got carried away with several rolls of embroidery cotton").

Ali Catterall, The Guardian, 25th November 2017

Loot review

It's all tremendous fun and this is a production not to be missed.

Robin Strapp, British Theatre Guide, 3rd October 2017

Joe Orton's Loot will be performed uncensored

Joe Orton's classic farce Loot will be performed in its uncensored glory for the first time since its 1966 premiere.

A production at the Park Theatre will open next week to pay tribute to the murdered playwright, who was killed by his partner Kenneth Halliwell 50 years ago.

Jessie Thompson, Evening Standard, 9th August 2017

The subversive genius of Joe Orton

Fifty years ago the playwright Joe Orton was bludgeoned to death by his boyfriend at the peak of his career. What is Orton's legacy, and what would he have made of the strides towards equality made since his death by gay people in the UK?

Liam Barnes, BBC, 9th August 2017

Celebrating 50 years of Joe Orton & Mr Sloane

"I hope I've never written anything as bad as some of the early Shakespeare's," Joe Orton said shortly before he was murdered by his lover, Kenneth Halliwell, in 1967. It's a clip from an archive interview with the BBC, which I included in a piece for The Today Programme, marking the 50th anniversary of Orton's first stage play, Entertaining Mr Sloane.

Will Gompertz, BBC News, 27th June 2014

This is the strangest episode so far, as Stuart (Derek Jacobi) and Freddie (Ian McKellen) invite young Ash (Iwan Rheon) and his new girlfriend Chloe (Alexandra Roach) to dinner and then behave abominably towards her.

Trouble is, Chloe is lovey-dovey, airy-fairy, vegan and teetotal - in short, incredibly annoying - but before long the wicked pair have brought out her own vicious streak. I don't want to oversell the comedy, because a lot of it is lame, but the tone veers towards Joe Orton.

This is also the show to turn to if you've longed to see Frances de la Tour (Violet) handcuffed to a bed in Argentina dressed in PVC bondage gear. Any takers?

Patrick Mulkern, Radio Times, 3rd June 2013