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Orton, Joe

Joe Orton, 1933–67, English playwright, b. John Kingsley. After studying acting, he wrote farcical comedies noted for their cynical humor. His plays include The Ruffian on the Stair (1963), Entertaining Mr. Sloan (1964), Loot (1966), and What the Butler Saw (1969). He was murdered by his lover, Kenneth Halliwell, who then committed suicide.

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Orton, Joe

Orton, Joe ( John Kingsley) (1933–67) English playwright who specialized in black satirical comedies. Entertaining Mr Sloane and Loot were staged in London in 1964 and 1965 respectively. What the Butler Saw was produced posthumously (1969) after Orton's murder by his lover, Kenneth Halliwell.

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