John Osborne's "Look Back in Anger" (Modern Theatre Guides)

John Osborne's "Look Back in Anger" (Modern Theatre Guides)

By: Aleks Sierz (author)Paperback

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"Look Back in Anger" is one of the few works of drama that are indisputably central to British culture in general, and its name is one of the most well-known in postwar cultural history. Its premiere in 1956 sparked off the first 'new wave' of kitchen-sink drama and the cultural phenomenon of the Angry Young Man. The play's anti-hero, Jimmy Porter, became the spokesman of a generation. Osborne's play is a key milestone in 'new writing' for British theatre, and the Royal Court - which produced the play - has since become one of the most important new writing theatres in the UK.This guide provides a comprehensive critical introduction to the play, giving students an overview of the background and context; detailed analysis of the play's structure, style, characters etc; analysis of key production issues and choices; overview of the performance history from the 1956 Royal Court premiere to recent revivals; and an annotated guide to further reading highlighting key critical approaches.It offers accessible, informative critical introductions to modern plays for students in both Theatre/Performance Studies and English. Offering up-to-date coverage of a broad range of key plays throughout modern drama, the guides include accounts of performance history, production analysis, screen adaptations and summaries of important critical approaches and debates.

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Aleks Sierz is theatre critic of Tribune and reviews regularly for other publications. He is a writer, journalist and broadcaster, as well as a part-time academic. He teaches modern drama at Boston University, London.


Series Preface; 1. Background and Context; 2. Analysis and Commentary; 3. Production history; 4. Workshopping the Play; 5. Conclusion; Timeline 1945-60; Further Reading; References; Index.

Product Details

  • publication date: 21/02/2008
  • ISBN13: 9780826492012
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 144
  • ID: 9780826492012
  • weight: 154
  • ISBN10: 0826492010

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