Tickets are going fast for our revival of the classic Look Back in Anger by John Osborne at the Little Theatre, opening Saturday 16 September for one week only!
Director Alison Knott says “Look Back in Anger is a partly autobiographical play. It was based on Osborne’s marriage to actress Pamela Lane and their time together in a cramped flat in Derby. Lane was having an affair and she and Osborne spent a lot of time arguing. She was performing at Derby Theatre; Osborne was in a repertory company in Morcambe performing in a creaky play. During the day, Osborne wrote Look Back in Anger in a deck chair on Morcambe sea front.
“The fun of the seaside is not what Look Back in Anger is about! The play is a close examination of the relationship between two people who love each other but who cannot express it other than through two soft toys which embody their gentler feelings. Jimmy Porter is from a working class family and cannot reconcile this with his middle-class wife, Alison; he covers his confusion about their different backgrounds by being cruel to her. Cliff, their friend, acts as a mediator but when Alison’s friend, Helena, arrives the situation becomes tense.”
The first production at the Royal Court Theatre in 1956 starred Kenneth Haigh, Mary Ure and Alan Bates. It transferred to the West End and to Broadway and was a huge commercial success. Later a film was made with Ure and Richard Burton as Jimmy Porter.
These are rehearsal shots. The production team has gone to great lengths to reproduce an authentic attic flat from the 1950s. Please ignore the fact that one of the actors here is reading a contemporary copy of The Guardian!
Tickets can be booked on this website – go to Home Page and click on Book Tickets. Or telephone TicketSource 0333 666 3366 (booking charges apply). Tickets also available on the door.