Joe Orton Collection

The literary archive of Joe Orton (1933-1967)

In order to undertake essential processing and re-packaging work on the Orton Collection the collection will be unavailable for consultation from 14 August until 8 September. We apologise for any inconvenience caused during this period. For further information, please contact

Joe OrtonThe Joe Orton Collection includes manuscripts, letters and other original material written, compiled or collected by the Leicester born John Kingsley (Joe) Orton (1933-1967), plus correspondence and memorabilia received and collected by members of the Orton family. It includes scripts and drafts of plays (published and unpublished), correspondence (mostly with his agent, Peggy Ramsay), a diary of his stay in Tangier, scrapbooks and press cuttings, programmes, photographs and personal memorabilia of both Orton and his lover, Kenneth Halliwell. Also included is the screenplay of Alan Bennett's Prick Up Your Ears, based on the biography of Joe Orton, written by John Lahr.

The collection was purchased from the Orton Estate in 1997.

Catalogue of the Joe Orton Collection (pdf).

Hear podcasts from Joe Orton's Entertaining Mr Sloane: A 50th Anniversary Celebration at

Material from the collection has also been used for the Joe Orton Online website at

'Losing Orton in the archive' is a podcast from the National Archives and can be found at

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