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Scene from the play Look Back In Anger by John Osborne

Scene from the play Look Back In Anger by John Osborne


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Scene from the play Look Back In Anger by John Osborne

A scene from the play Look Back In Anger, featuring Alison Porter, Cliff Lewis, Helena Charles and Jimmy Porter. Date: 1956

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Alison Anger Cliff Helena Jimmy Lewis Osborn Osborne Porter


EDITORS COMMENTS
Look Back in Anger," a groundbreaking play by John Osborne that premiered in London's West End in 1956, brought a raw and honest portrayal of post-war disillusionment and marital strife to the stage. This evocative scene captures the emotional intensity of the production, featuring the principal characters Alison Porter (played by Mary Ure), Cliff Lewis (Laurence Harvey), Helena Charles (Pamela Brown), and Jimmy Porter (Richard Burton). Jimmy Porter, a disaffected ex-serviceman, sits in a dimly lit room, surrounded by the remnants of a shattered marriage. His estranged wife Alison enters, seeking reconciliation, only to be met with a torrent of anger and contempt. Cliff Lewis, a friend of Jimmy's, looks on in concern as Helena Charles, Alison's sister, tries to mediate the volatile situation. Osborne's bold and provocative dialogue, delivered with searing intensity by the cast, challenged the conventions of British theatre and resonated deeply with audiences. The production, directed by Tony Richardson, was a critical and commercial success, running for over 500 performances and launching the careers of its stars. This historic image, taken during a performance at the New Arts Theatre in London, offers a glimpse into the raw emotional power of "Look Back in Anger" and the electrifying performances that defined a generation. The play's enduring influence on modern drama and its exploration of the human condition continue to captivate audiences and critics alike.

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