Looking Back at Look Back In Anger - DT Memory Box
For our final Memory Box show, we're heading all the way back to Spring 2016 for John Osborne's Look Back In Anger, our co-production with Octagon Theatre Bolton.
Set in 1956 in Derby, John Osborne's masterpiece was shown on Derby Theatre's stage during the 60th anniversary year of the play and starred Patrick Knowles, Augustina Seymour, Daisy Badger, Jimmy Fairhurst and Ivan Stott.
Jimmy Porter Returns
Actor Patrick Knolwes steps back into the shoes of character Jimmy Porter who's outlook on life shows the history of Look Back In Anger with the 1950's often descibed as the forgotten decade.
Key Facts and Memories
- The writer, John Osborne, worked as an actor and Stage Manager at Derby Playhouse, just a year before he wrote this seminal piece.
- At the time John Osborne worked at Derby Playhouse, his wife, Pamela Lane was also working there as 'leading actress'.
- In 1955, Derby Playhouse rejected the script, potentially as it was too close to home for leading acrtress Pamela Lane who had since split from her husband John Osborne (the writer).
- Look Back In Anger is often described as 'the play that changed British Theatre'.
- John Osborne set Look Back In Anger in a large East Midlands town and his autobiography suggests some alarming similarities with his own life.
- Pamela Lane lived in a flat at 114 Green Lane which the cast of this production visited during rehearsals.
A Derby Theatre and Octagon Theatre Bolton Production Friday 4 - Saturday 26 March It's 1956 and in a cramped flat in...
About the Show
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.
Behind The Scenes Interviews
Photography © Robert Day