Look Back In Anger

A Derby Theatre & Octagon Theatre Bolton Production
Derby Theatre Productions
Friday 4 March 2016 - Saturday 26 March 2016
Average: 4 (1 vote)
"Collaborative revival of Osborne classic makes a strong contribution to Derby Theatre’s programme"
The Stage
Average: 4 (1 vote)
"Scorching portraits of thwarted youth... unflinching study of a failing marriage still grips"
The Guardian

60 years since this play smashed onto the scene and changed the face of British Theatre, we bring this searing drama to Derby. 

Expect sizzling passions, dark humour and intriguing plot twists. 

It's 1956 and in a cramped flat in Derby, Jimmy Porter is angry. His upper-class wife Alison is the perfect target for his anger whilst his flatmate Cliff is the perfect sounding board. An unwanted pregnancy and the arrival of a glamorous actress take the couple into a love triangle which questions the very foundations of how they live.

The play was famously brought to life on film by Richard Burton, Mary Ure and Claire Bloom. Our production offers a stellar cast of some of the most exciting actors now performing in theatre.

The writer, John Osborne, worked as an actor and Stage Manager at Derby Playhouse, just a year before he wrote this seminal piece. He set this play in a large East Midlands town and his autobiography suggests some alarming similarities with his own life, just before he burst onto the scene and set the course for the Royal Court to become the home of new writing.

Recommended age 14+

Listen to Director Sarah Brigham talk about the play on BBC Radio 4's Front Row

Listen to an interview with Director Sarah Brigham and Actor Patrick Knowles on British Theatre Guide's podcast


Running time: 
2 hours and 25 minutes including a 15 minute interval