Photographs of the original cast of Loot by Joe Orton


Joe Orton’s Loot premiered on 1 February 1965 at the Theatre Arts, Cambridge, directed by Peter Wood. This first version of the play was poorly received by critics and audiences, but in 1966 Orton heavily reworked the script and subsequently won the prestigious Evening Standard Award for Best Play.

These photographs show Kenneth Williams playing Inspector Truscott and Geraldine McEwan as Fay, the killer nurse. The production also starred Ian McShane and Duncan Macrae.

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Photographs of the original cast of Loot by Joe Orton
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