National Justice Museum

Joe Orton Exhibition

X Jun - X Oct 2017

Free of charge, Exhibitions

A free exhibition celebrating famous playwright Joe Orton

Joe Orton was a famous playwright born in Leicester in 1933. After winning a scholarship to RADA in 1951, he met Kenneth Halliwell who would later become his friend, mentor, lover and eventually his murderer.

Marking the 50th anniversary of Orton's death and also the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality, this exhibition will examine the extraordinary life or Orton. It will particularly focus on his crime (the defacement of library books), his trial, his imprisonment and the influence that had on his work, his murder and his legacy.

Featuring clips of plays and interviews, theatre memorabilia and model boxes, this highly visual exhibition will also include a newly commissioned piece of artwork by Orton's nephew, David Lock.


This exhibition area is free and can be accessed without paying the general admission cost


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