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The Strange, Sad Story of Joe Orton, His Lover, and 72 Stolen Library Books – Atlas Obscura

The Secret of Chimneys, Agatha Christie. ISLINGTON LOCAL HISTORY CENTRE AND MUSEUM

Police came to the door of Joe Orton, the man who would one day be one of the most famous playwrights in the United Kingdom, and his partner Kenneth Halliwell’s one-bedroom apartment at 9 a.m. on 28 April 1962. It was a Saturday, the cooling end of the first warm week of the year, and the men had been up for hours, customarily getting…

Source: The Strange, Sad Story of Joe Orton, His Lover, and 72 Stolen Library Books – Atlas Obscura

9 comments on “The Strange, Sad Story of Joe Orton, His Lover, and 72 Stolen Library Books – Atlas Obscura

  1. beetleypete
    08/11/2017

    Did you ever see the film ‘Prick Up Your Ears’? It was written by Alan Bennett. Gary Oldman was superb as Orton, and Alfred Molina unforgettable as Halliwell. I can recommend it. Sad in a way that the books that caused so much outrage are only recently celebrated and exhibited. Then again, I doubt Orton would have wanted that, as it was probably the subterfuge that appealed.
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093776/

    Best wishes, Pete. x

  2. First Night Design
    08/11/2017

    Naturally! I wasn’t so enamoured of Molina’s performance but I’ve never thought he was terribly good in anything. Oldman was sublime. They’re my generation and one was always watching one’s contemporaries with a beady, trying-not-to-be-jealous eye!

  3. beetleypete
    08/11/2017

    I liked Molina in ‘Frida’, ‘Enchanted April’, and ‘Letter to Brezhnev’. I don’t have a problem with him, obviously. Gary Oldman can go too far at times, but he excelled as Orton.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

  4. First Night Design
    08/11/2017

    Yes, Oldman can go too far! I’d forgotten Molina was in Letter to Brezhnev.

  5. Jennie
    08/12/2017

    So sad! Writers stealing library books. Terrible

  6. First Night Design
    08/12/2017

    Well, yes and no – it’s added to the legend that was Orton!

  7. Jennie
    08/12/2017

    Got it!

  8. 43route
    10/09/2017

    Great read. I know the story but you did it proud. Thanks.

  9. First Night Design
    10/10/2017

    I wish I could take credit but that belongs to the writer at Atlas Obscura!

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