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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
29th April 1966 Spin-bowling Cricketer Phil Tufnell was born in Barnet, London.
29th April 1943 Noel Coward's Present Laughter, premieres in London
29th April 1923 Born today: Maxine Audley, London, actress (Peeping Tom, Ricochet, House of Cards)
29th April 1879 Born today: Thomas Beecham, England, composer (found London Philharmonic)
Joe Orton lived and died here
Macabre comic and playwright Joe Orton lived and died here.
Location: 25 Noel Road, Islington, London
Description: The playwright Joe Orton (1933-67) lived here from 1960 where he had a stormy relationship with his lover, Kenneth Halliwell.
Orton was celebrated for anarchic plays such as Loot and What the Butler Saw, but his personal life was fraught with the jealousy of Halliwell at his success and of Orton's promiscuous relations elsewhere.
A lack of serious work led them to amuse themselves with pranks and hoaxes. In 1962 they were jailed for taking books out the Islington library and defacing them in an amusing manner.
In August 1967 Halliwell battered Orton to death with a hammer and then took his own life with a Nembutal overdose.