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"The Theatres Act 1843 is hereby repealed, and none of the powers which were exercisable thereunder by the Lord Chamberlain of Her Majesty's Household shall be exercisable by or on behalf of Her Majesty by virtue of Her royal prerogative." 

- Excerpt from England's Theatres Act of 1968, ending over a century of government-sponsored theatrical censorship

    Joe Orton lived and wrote in a time in which his lifestyle as a homosexual was condemned, and his plays were subject to censorship and denial for any perceived indecency or social inappropriateness. His story is both uplifting and tragic; in little more than four years, Orton went from working-class unknown to prolific writer, winning numerous awards and securing himself a promising theatrical future. In 1967, he was killed at the hands of his friend and long-time partner, Kenneth Halliwell, in a brutal murder-suicide - an untimely and horrific occurrence which ended an already short career permanently. This page was created to give context to the world in which Orton conceived and wrote The Erpingham Camp, and to hopefully provide insight into the themes and subjects he chose to incorporate into his play. 

Arthur T. Siegel - atsiegel@bu.edu