Joe Orton

(redirected from John Kingsley Orton)

Orton, Joe,

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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Born John Kingsley Orton in the drab, sooty industrial city of Leicester, England, in 1933, Joe Orton never wanted you to forget that he came from the gutter.