Don Cotter’s new play Freddie, Ted, and the Death of Joe Orton – developed through London Theatre Workshop’s Theatre Lab and written to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales – gets its world premiere this month, directed and produced by artistic director Ray Rackham.
Freddie, Ted, and the Death of Joe Orton is a play examining the devastating impact of a shift in the balance of power between two men, at a time when homosexuality was considered both a crime and a form of illness requiring medical treatment. The production runs at London Theatre Workshop from 27 November to 16 December 2017, with a press night on 30 November.
Brighton, England, 1960s. Middle-aged Freddie, suffering from undiagnosed Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, has inherited the three bedroom house which he now shares with his younger partner, the aspiring musician, Ted. When Freddie intercepts a life-changing letter addressed to Ted, his fragile hold on reality begins to crumble.
Ray Rackham directs the tragi-comedy, actor-turned-writer Don Cotter’s third full-length play, marking the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales; Mods and Rockers fighting for supremacy across the seafronts of Britain; the closing down of the off-shore pirate radio stations; and the tragic, untimely death of the playwright Joe Orton.
Freddie, Ted and the Death of Joe Orton stars Robert Styles (as Freddie), Eion McAndrew (Ted), Helen Sheals (Dilys) and Perry Meadowcroft (Glenn). It’s designed by Justin Williams, with costumes by Millie Hobday.