Joe Orton Collection

Scope and Content

A collection of documents and photographs relating to Joe Orton; including scripts and drafts of published and unpublished plays and novels, correspondence - largely with his agent, Peggy Ramsey - a diary of a stay in Tangiers, scrapbooks, press cuttings, programmes, photographs, and personal memorabilia of Orton and Kenneth Halliwell.

Also included is the screen play of Alan Bennett's 'Prick up your ears'.Also included is the screen play of Alan Bennett's 'Prick up your ears'.There is also a collection of secondary printed material by and about Orton kept with this collection.

The material is in English.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Kingsley (Joe) Orton (1933-1967), playwright.

Access Information

On restricted access in the Library's Special Collections section.

Acquisition Information

Purchased from the Orton Estate in 1997.


Prepared by Dr. A. Lacey. Special Collections Librarian, University of Leicester.

Other Finding Aids

'A handlist of the manuscript collection'. Compiled by Brian Burch and Jenny Clark. Leicester : Leicester University Library, 1998.A handlist of the collection is available, compiled by Jenny Clark.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is owned by the Orton Estate.