Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Looking back at Osborne's Anger

Fifty years after the premiere of John Osborne's Look Back In Anger at The Royal Court, the theatre is hosting a week of special events under the heading of The Angry Brigade.

Neil Smith for BBC News also looks back at Osborne's legacy.
It [the Court week of events] is the cause of some satisfaction for Osborne's biographer John Heilpern, who aims to challenge critics who have questioned the play's significance.

"It was Look Back in Anger that opened the gates to other playwrights and put the Royal Court on the map," he says.

"The revisionists have tried to make out John made no contribution whatsoever and was a lousy playwright.

"As his biographer, I'm thrilled his reputation is being re-established in this way."

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