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Prick Up Your Ears

Prick Up Your Ears at the Harold Pinter Theatre

Prick Up Your Ears, a new play by Simon Bent, dramatises the relationship between RADA graduates Kenneth Halliwell and playwright Joe Orton. Must End 15th November!

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Prick Up Your Ears

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Booking from: Thursday, 17 September 2009
Booking until: Sunday, 15 November 2009

1962. Kenneth Halliwell and Joe Orton - RADA graduates, aspiring playwrights, and sometime lovers - plot their rightful place at the centre of London's literary scene whilst engaged in a secret crusade to "improve" the local library books, all in the worst possible taste of course, and acting out their own versions of popular radio dramas... with an extra dash of innuendo. But after a short interlude at Her Majesty's pleasure, Joe is about to become the greatest and most notorious comic playwright since Oscar Wilde, whilst Ken stays indoors re-decorating, reduced to sharing Joe's success with their neighbour, Mrs Corden, over tea and a slice of battenburg.

Prick Up Your Ears - a darkly funny and moving play imagines what really happened when, after years of creative collaboration, the door slammed shut and Kenneth was home alone. It tells the sensational story behind the domestic life of Joe Orton and Kenneth Halliwell, holed up in a tiny flat in Islington, trading well-trodden insults and hilarious put-downs like any old married couple.

Cast includes Little Britain's Chris New (Best Newcomer nomination, Evening Standard) and Gwen Taylor. Directed by Daniel Kramer and designed by Peter McKintosh.

Con O'Neill, most recently seen in Telstar, will play Kenneth Halliwell.

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