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‘Terrible but magnificent’: the life and times of playwright John Osborne

15 June 2024

3:30 PM

15 June 2024

3:30 PM

With the news the Almeida Theatre is to stage John Osborne’s 1956 play Look Back in Anger this Autumn as part of their double-bill ‘Angry and Young’ (its partner play being Arnold Wesker’s Roots), one can only wonder what today’s younger generation will make of it. Osborne’s first produced play, a portrait among other things of the corrosive marriage between a young lower class intellectual and his infinitely better-born wife, perfectly caught the rising mood in 1956 – one of searing frustration with postwar inertia and a moth-eaten establishment of colonels, judges and bishops that seemed set to endure forever. So...

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