John Kingsley ("Joe") Orton (1 January 1933 – 9 August 1967) was an English playwright, born in Leicester.
In a short but prolific career lasting from 1964 until his death, he shocked, outraged and amused audiences with his scandalous black comedies. The adjective Ortonesque is now used to refer to something characterised by a dark but farcical cynicism.
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