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Joe Orton’s A 50th Anniversary Celebration 29 June 2014

‘The funniest play I’ve ever seen’ (Tennessee Williams); ‘A real shocker’ (London Evening News)

Entertaining Mr Sloane

Join Leonie Orton Barnett, novelist Jake Arnott, director Nick Bagnall and critics Simon Shepherd (University of London), Francesca Coppa (Muhlenberg College, USA), and Emma Parker (University of Leicester) for a day of special events to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Orton’s first stage play.

10.30 – 16.30, Peter Williams Lecture Theatre

For programme information, see www.le.ac.uk/orton

To reserve a ticket, email orton@le.ac.uk

This event is free and open to all



Joe Orton, one of the most original, radical and funny playwrights of the post-war period, was born in Leicester.

His first stage play, Entertaining Mr Sloane - a set text on EN3040 - celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

To mark this major anniversary, LUT will be performing the play on 17, 19 and 20 June in the Queen's Hall. See poster attached for details.

On 29 June, the School of English will be hosting a special event to mark 50 years since the play's West End transfer, an occasion that marked Orton's success. Following a rare screening of the 1968 ITV Playhouse production of Sloane, starring Sheila Hancock, the acclaimed director Nick Bagnall, bestselling novelist Jake Arnott, and leading critics Simon Shepherd and Francesca Coppa will join Orton's sister - Leonie Orton Barnett - to discuss the impact and legacy of Orton's play. Leonie will close the day by reading some unpublished letters from the Joe Orton Archive, held in the David Wilson Library, including a spoof letter of complaint to Santa Claus.

Tickets are free but need to be booked in advance.

To request a ticket, email orton@le.ac.uk

A full programme can be found at www.le.ac.uk/orton

The event is open to the public.

Friends and family welcome.

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