The Good and Faithful Servant
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The Good and Faithful Servant
The Good and Faithful Servant
Written byJoe Orton
CharactersBuchanan, Edith, Mrs. Vealfoy
Date premiered1967
Place premieredEngland
Original languageEnglish

The Good and Faithful Servant is a darkly comic television play by the English playwright Joe Orton.[1] It was originally written in 1964 and was filmed for British television by the company Associated-Rediffusion for ITV shortly before author Joe Orton's murder in 1967.[1][2][3]

The play was later performed theatrically.[1] A production directed by Fred Proud was performed at the King's Head Theatre in Islington, London in 1971.[4]

Original television cast


Buchanan, a doorman who has worked at the same company for fifty years is close to retirement when he meets Edith, a cleaning woman, who turns out to be his former lover and, unbeknownst to him, mother of his twin sons. Buchanan, destroys his retirement gifts after having reflected on a wasted life, and in the following scene we see Buchanan and Edith, whom he married, waking up in bed together and whilst she happily natters away Buchanan, tears running down his cheeks, closes his eyes and silently dies in bed next to her.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Goodman, Walter (February 13, 1988). "Stage: 'Faithful Servant,' A Mild Joe Orton Work". The New York Times.
  2. ^ "The Good and Faithful Servant (1967)". BFI. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Joe Orton Life and Work". Retrieved .
  4. ^ Morrison, Matt (2018-03-23). "Soho Theatre | putting lunchtime theatre back on the menu". The Stage. Retrieved .
  5. ^ Coppa, Francesca (2003). Joe Orton: A Casebook. Psychology Press. pp. 21-25. ISBN 9780815336273.

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