The Ruffian On The Stair (2017)

BBC Radio 3 comedy drama by Joe Orton. 1 episode in 2017. Stars Gerard Horan, Sophie Thompson and Jack Rowan.

The Ruffian On The Stair

Working class comic play by Joe Orton about a couple whose lives are disrupted by a young visitor

Comedy Drama
BBC Radio 3
Gerard Horan, Sophie Thompson and Jack Rowan
Joe Orton and Kenneth Halliwell
Mary Peate

Broadcast as part of the BBC's Gay Britannia season, this is the first of two plays forming Crimes of Passion, a double-bill of Joe Orton plays (the other being The Erpingham Camp) recorded in front of an audience at the BBC Radio Theatre to mark the 50th anniversary of Orton's death, plus an interview with Kenneth Cranham, a close friend of Orton's who played several key roles in his plays.

The Ruffian On The Stair adapted from the novel The Boy Hairdresser by Orton and his lover Kenneth Halliwell, the play follows working class couple Mike and Joyce (Gerard Horan and Sophie Thompson) whose lives are interrupted by a young, mysterious visitor named Wilson (Jack Rowan).

Production Details

Production company
Also known as
  • The Boy Hairdresser (Title of the original novel)
Laugh track
Live audience

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Sunday 2nd July 2017 on BBC Radio 3 at 10pm
Episode length
1 hour

Supporters and subscribers get more

Additional content and tools are available across the site for Supporters and BCG Pro subscribers. On this page you can:

  • View location details

Donate (for fans) BCG Pro

Already a donor or Pro user?