Diary of a Somebody

Diary of a Somebody at the Seven Dials Playhouse

Diary of a Somebody
Tuesday 22 March 2022 to Saturday 30 April 2022
Venue: Seven Dials Playhouse
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A new production of Diary of a Somebody, based on Joe Orton’s diaries, at Seven Dials Playhouse in London.

Produced in London for the first time in 35 years, Diary of a Somebody is a play taken verbatim from legendary queer playwright Joe Orton’s explicit diaries.

Diary of a Somebody is a deep dive into the mind of one of the most witty, rebellious and acclaimed artists of his generation – Joe Orton, writer of era-defining plays including Entertaining Mr Sloane and What the Butler Saw.

Directed by Nico Rao Pimparé, the cast includes George Kemp (Bridgerton, Netflix; Call My Agent, Netflix; The Trial of Christine Keeler, BBC) as notorious artist and playwright Joe Orton, Toby Osmond (Game of Thrones, HBO; Henry VIII and His Six Wives, BBC; Dead Souls, Monkhead Theatre) as his mentor, partner and ultimately, murderer, Kenneth Halliwell; plus Jemma Churchill (Doctor Who, BBC; Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present, New Vic Theatre; NATIVITY! The Musical, UK tour), Jamie Zubairi (Cucumber, Why The Lion Danced, Yellow Earth; The Letter; Wyndham’s Theatre), Sorcha Kennedy (Rainer; Arcola Theatre, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Comedy of Errors – Sam Wanamaker Festival; Shakespeare’s Globe) and Ryan Rajan Mal.

The year is 1966. A shabby bedsit in Angel. Joe Orton, who lives with his lover Kenneth Halliwell, is becoming the most successful young playwright in Britain. His West End hit Loot is voted Play of the Year. His work is adapted for TV. The Beatles demand that he write their new movie.‍

In 8 months he’ll be brutally murdered by the person closest to him.

The play has got great reviews, with five stars from the Guardian, hailing it as both “hilarious and chilling”.

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Area: Central London - Soho & West End
1A Tower Street, London, WC2H 9NP
Underground & Trains: Covent Garden, Leicester Square
Buses: 14, 19, 38, 24, 29, 176
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