Big Boots Theatre’s revival of John Osborne’s 1956 “kitchen-sink” classic Look Back in Anger is now open at London’s White Bear, where it’s running until 14 March 2020. How is today’s rage captured by the young cast? Check out our production shots gallery – and then get booking!
Original “angry young man”, Jimmy Porter, disillusioned by the structures of working-class life, constantly insults his beloved but upper-class wife Alison. He balances on the verge of passion and hatred that keep everyone alive but threatens to destroys them all.
Premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in 1956, Look Back in Anger was the breakthrough and best-known work by British playwright John Osborne. A press release for the play coined “angry young man” to refer to Porter, a term which also became synonymous with its author and other Royal Court playwrights of his generation whose realist, “kitchen sink” dramas broke markedly from the period’s escapist entertainment and previous theatrical conventions.
In Sebastian Palka‘s intimate new production for Big Boots Theatre, James D Fawcett stars as Jimmy Porter, alongside Rowan Douglas as his long-suffering wife Alison, Aaron Bennett as amiable Welsh lodger Cliff and Holly Hinton as Alison’s friend Helena.
Great production by director @SebastianPalka and @BigBootsTheatre of John Osborne’s Look Back In Anger in Kenningtons intimate @WhiteBearTheatr – ever relevant topics of control, love and submission. Great theatre. #London #theatre #play #drama pic.twitter.com/qIdlAcspuY
— David Chappell (@David_Chappell_) February 27, 2020
Photography by Nicolas Chinardet.
Look Back in Anger runs from 25 February to 14 March 2020 at the White Bear Theatre, 138 Kennington Park Rd, Prince’s, London SE11 4DJ, with performances Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7.30pm, Sundays at 4pm. Tickets are priced £13-16. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!