Joe Orton
(1933-1967)

Died aged c. 34

John Kingsley "Joe" Orton (1 January 1933 – 9 August 1967) was an English playwright and author. His public career was short but prolific, lasting from 1964 until his death three years later. During this brief period he shocked, outraged, and amused audiences with his scandalous black comedies. The adjective Ortonesque is sometimes used to refer to work characterised by a similarly dark yet farcical cynicism.

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Joe Orton playwright 1933-1967
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Joe Orton playwright 1933-1967

9 Fayrhurst Road, Leicester, United Kingdom where he was

John Kingsley Orton (Joe Orton) 1933-1967 playwright lived here 1960-1967

25 Noel Road, Islington, N1, London, United Kingdom where he lived (1960-1967)