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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
9th April 1978 S Club 7 singer Rachel Stevens was born in Southgate,
9th April 1914 World, Flesh and the Devil, the 1st colour film, shown in London.
9th April 1906 Labour Leader Hugh Gaitskell was born in Kensington.
9th April 1838 The National Gallery opens in its new home off Trafalgar Square.
9th April 1413 The Coronation of Henry V in Westminster Abbey.
9th April 1269 Edmund of Crouchback, son of King Henry III was married to Lady Aveline de Forz in Westminster Abbey.
Prick Up Your Ears
The 1987 'Joe Orton' film was filmed in part here
Location: 10b St Peter's Street, Islington, N1 8JG
Description: 'Prick Up Your Ears' is a 1987 film, directed by Stephen Frears, about the playwright Joe Orton and his lover Kenneth Halliwell. The screenplay was written by Alan Bennett, based on the book by John Lahr.
The film stars Gary Oldman as Orton, Alfred Molina as Halliwell, Wallace Shawn as Lahr and Vanessa Redgrave as Margaret 'Peggy' Ramsay.
And so to this very spot, the Islington street on which Orton and Halliwell lived, was this street, and 10b opposite Cruden Street stood in for the house in which they shared a cramped flat.