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Grove Press
Grove Press
Grove Press

The Complete Plays

The Ruffian on the Stair; Entertaining Mr. Sloane; The Good and Faithful Servant; Loot; The Erpingham Camp; Funeral Games; What the Butler Saw

by Joe Orton

“Orton’s plays are a flamboyant dance with the death he found in life. He liked being “the fly on the wall” who registered idiom, the lives and longings in his many anonymous subterranean encounters. Hunger and how it disguises its craving was what amused him. . . . Nobody came closer than Orton to reviving on stage the outrageous and violent prankster’s spirit of comedy and creating the purest (and rarest) of drama’s by-products: joy.” –John Lahr, from the Introduction

  • Imprint Grove Paperback
  • Page Count 448
  • Publication Date October 01, 1965
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-3215-4
  • Dimensions 5.38" x 8.25"
  • US List Price $17.00

About The Book

This volume contains every play written by Joe Orton, who emerged in the 1960s as the most talented comic playwright in recent English history. Orton, who was murdered in 1967 at the age of thirty-four, was considered the direct successor to Wilde, Shaw, and Coward.

Includes:

The Ruffian on the Stair

Entertaining Mr. Sloane


The Good and Faithful Servant

Loot

The Erpingham Camp

Funeral Games

What the Butler Saw

Praise

“Orton’s plays are a flamboyant dance with the death he found in life. He liked being “the fly on the wall” who registered idiom, the lives and longings in his many anonymous subterranean encounters. Hunger and how it disguises its craving was what amused him. . . . Nobody came closer than Orton to reviving on stage the outrageous and violent prankster’s spirit of comedy and creating the purest (and rarest) of drama’s by-products: joy.” –John Lahr, from the Introduction