WorldCat Identities

Orton, Joe

Works: 230 works in 701 publications in 10 languages and 12,414 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Biography  Diaries  Fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Comedy plays  Biographical films  Comedy films  Film adaptations  Crime films 
Roles: Author, Other, Creator, Bibliographic antecedent, Contributor
Classifications: PR6065.R7, 822.914
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Joe Orton
The complete plays by Joe Orton( Book )

56 editions published between 1976 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,047 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bevat de teksten van de 3 lange toneelstukken: Entertaining Mr. Sloane, Loot en What the butler saw en 4 korte stukken
Loot; a play by Joe Orton( Book )

77 editions published between 1900 and 2013 in 8 languages and held by 1,023 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this play Hal is a hearse driver and has just robbed the bank next to the funeral parlour with his friend Dennis returning to Hal's house to hide. Hal's mother has just died and they put the money in the coffin, hiding the body, cue Inspector Truscott
Entertaining Mr. Sloane : a comedy by Joe Orton( Book )

81 editions published between 1964 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 1,020 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'Entertaining Mr Sloane' was first staged in 1964. Despite its success in performance, and being hailed by Sir Terence Rattigan as 'the best first play' he had seen in 'thirty odd years', it was not until shortly before Joe Orton's untimely death in 1967 that theatre audiences and critics began to more fully appreciate the originality of Orton's elegant, alarming and hilarious writing. The play centres on the exploits of a landlady and her brother who entrap a young man into sexual company, each for six months of the year
What the butler saw : [a play] by Joe Orton( Book )

20 editions published between 1969 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 826 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Dr. Prentice, a psychiatric doctor in an exclusive, private clinic, is attempting to interview (and seduce) an attractive would-be secretary, Geraldine. Unwittingly surprised by his wife, he hides the girl. The affairs multiply as Mrs. Prentice, being seduced and blackmailed by young bellhop Nicholas Beckett, has promised him the secretarial post. When a government inspector arrives, chaos, underpants and cross-dressing lead the charge. The final tableau reveals "the missing parts of Winston Churchill" held aloft as the curtain falls. The London premiere at the Queen's Theatre in 1969 starred Coral Browne and Sir Ralph Richardson. The New York production later won the Obie Award as Best Foreign Play of The Season."--Publisher's description
Up against it : a screenplay for the Beatles by Joe Orton( Book )

18 editions published between 1979 and 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 337 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Between us girls : a novel by Joe Orton( Book )

13 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in English and held by 327 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The fictional diary of young would-be actress Susan Hope, whose adventures lead her from life on the London stage to servitude in the white slave trade of Mexico, and ultimately to film stardom in Hollywood
Crimes of passion: The ruffian on the stair, The Erpingham camp by Joe Orton( Book )

10 editions published between 1967 and 1973 in English and held by 309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The visitors ; Fred and Madge : two plays by Joe Orton( Book )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 175 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In "Fred and Madge," a married couple has the unending jobs of rolling boulders uphill and sieving water all day long; and in "The Visitors," a dying man is visited in the hospital by his middle-aged daughter
The boy hairdresser ; and, Lord Cucumber : two novels by Joe Orton( Book )

5 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Boy Hairdresser and Lord Cucumber are the first and last surviving products of the collaborative efforts of Joe Orton and Kenneth Halliwell. They are published for the first time in this combined volume
Prick up your ears : the biography of Joe Orton by John Lahr( Book )

4 editions published between 1978 and 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Story of murder/suicide of playwright Joe Orton and his lover, Ken Halliwell. When Orton, after years of unsuccessful collaboration with Halliwell, breaks away and achieves fame and fortune on his own, Halliwell cracks, hammers Orton to death and then kills himself
Head to toe ; & Up against it : a screenplay for the Beatles by Joe Orton( Book )

5 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 96 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume includes two works by Joe Orton. Head to toe is the saga of Gombold, who strays onto the head of a creature some hundred miles high and begins making his way through the giant's nether regions and on toward his toes. En route, he falls into the clutches of a dominating and gender-bending policewoman; finds himself in an assassination squad whose target is the prime minister; and finally enlists in an apocalyptic war between the Left and Right Buttocks. Up against it is a screenplay commissioned by the Beatles in 1967, in which, as Orton described it, "The boys have been caught in flagrante, become involved in dubious political activity, dressed as women, committed murder, been put in prison, and committed adultery." The two works, which mirror each other in many ways, combine elements of satire, eroticism, and nightmare
The Orton diaries : including the correspondence of Edna Welthorpe and others by Joe Orton( Book )

22 editions published between 1985 and 2010 in English and Spanish and held by 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"To be young, good-looking, healthy, famous, comparatively rich, and happy is surely going against nature." When Joe Orton (1933-1967) wrote those words in his diary in May 1967, he was being hailed as the greatest comic playwright since Oscar Wilde for his darkly hilarious Entertaining Mr. Sloane and the farce hit Loot, and was completing What the Butler Saw; but less than three months later, his longtime companion, Kenneth Halliwell, smashed Orton's skull in with a hammer before killing himself. The Orton Diaries, written during his last eight months, chronicle in a remarkably candid style his outrageously unfettered life: his literary success, capped by an Evening Standard Award and overtures from the Beatles; his sexual escapades - at his mother's funeral, with a dwarf in Brighton, and, extensively, in Tangiers; and the breakdown of his sixteen-year "marriage" to Halliwell, the relationship that transformed and destroyed him. Edited with a superb introduction by John Lahr, The Orton Diaries is his crowning achievement
Entertaining Mr. Sloane by Joe Orton( Visual )

15 editions published between 1970 and 2013 in English and held by 62 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Playwright Joe Orton's masterpiece of black comedy is a dark, very funny account of a handsome, obliging criminal who becomes the guest, and love interest of a frowzy widow and her brother. This bizarre ménage is threatened when the pair's father discovers the identity of his children's new obsession, and, inevitably, murder will out."
New English dramatists: three plays by E. Martin Browne( Book )

5 editions published in 1965 in English and held by 54 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Doris Lessing: Each his own wilderness. Bernard Kops: The hamlet of Stepney Green. Arnold Wesker: Chicken soup with barley
Fred and Madge by Joe Orton( Book )

4 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fred and Madge are a normal couple. Or so we think until a director and an audience member start interrupting and reworking this play within a play. Exhilaratingly subversive, the play includes the destruction of the Festival Hall, professional insulters intent on purging society with laughter and a dystopian England overgrown with marigolds. Full of biting satire and sardonic wit, it mingles astutely observed social realism with myth: Fred's job is to push boulders up a hill, and Madge's is to sieve water. Fred & Madge was Joe Orton's brilliantly inventive and staggeringly bold first play, written in 1959, but not performed until 2014 at the Hope Theatre, London. Orton's other plays include Entertaining Mr Sloane, Loot and What the Butler Saw. He also wrote the novel Between Us Girls, the Beatles' screenplay Up Against It, and the now famous Orton Diaries. -- from back cover
Lord Cucumber ; and, the boy hairdresser : two novels by Joe Orton( Book )

2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fred and Madge ; The visitors by Joe Orton( Book )

4 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Malicious damage by Ilsa Colsell( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1962 John (Joe) Orton and Kenneth Halliwell, were charged with, "larceny, malicious damage and wilful damage," involving hundreds of books in the Islington Library's collection. Over the previous three years the pair had been stealing these books, removing thousands of illustrations and either using them to create alternative dust jackets for other books (which were then returned quietly to the library's shelves), or pasting them directly into a large collage spanning the interior walls of their flat. The reconfigured dust jackets were part of a decade of often shared creative endeavor. Malicious Damage looks closely at the collaged dust jackets still remaining within the archive at Islington Local History Centre and focuses on the early collaborative nature of Orton and Halliwell's relationship
Head to toe by Joe Orton( Book )

9 editions published between 1971 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Funeral games; and, the good and faithful servant by Joe Orton( Book )

6 editions published between 1970 and 1986 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'Funeral Games' was first presented by Yorkshire Television in August 1968 as part of a series based on ̀The Seven Deadly Virtues'. Orton created such outrageous characters that he was able to shock his audience with the unexpected and often grotesque in a play that offers bogus religion, a severed hand, and a corpse in the cellar
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Alternative Names
Joe Orton

Joe Orton angielski pisarz

Joe Orton britischer Dramatiker

Joe Orton Brits auteur

Joe Orton britský dramatik

Joe Orton drammaturgo inglese

Joe Orton English playwright and author

Kingsley, John 1933-1967

Orton, J. K. 1933-1967

Orton, J. K. (John Kingsley), 1933-1967

Orton, Joe

Orton, John Kingsley.

Orton John Kingsley 1933-1967

Ortons, Džo 1933-1967

Welthorpe, Edna 1933-1967

Джо Ортън

Ортон, Джо

ג'ו אורטון סופר בריטי

جوي أورتون، 1933-1967

ज्यो ऑर्टन

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Loot; a playEntertaining Mr. Sloane : a comedyWhat the butler saw : [a play]Up against it : a screenplay for the BeatlesBetween us girls : a novelThe visitors ; Fred and Madge : two playsThe boy hairdresser ; and, Lord Cucumber : two novelsHead to toe ; & Up against it : a screenplay for the Beatles