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This play about the life and work of a second-rate music hall comic (brilliantly created by Sir Laurence Olivier in the original production) and staged only eleven months after the opening of Look Back in Anger, secured John Osborne's reputation and has become a classic of 20th century drama.
Paperback, 89 pages
Published June 28th 1983 by Penguin (first published 1957)
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Three family generations symbolize post-war Britain's decline. Bill Nighy stars as struggling music hall artist Archie Rice Broadcast on:
BBC Radio 7, 1:00pm Saturday 5th December 2009

Brilliant production, deep worthwhile premise; shame I found it so irritating.
Jul 11, 2008 Tosh marked it as to-read
I just saw the Tony Richardson film version of this play, and it knocked me sideways. i just got back from London, and due to a project i am working on, I think a lot about music hall theaters and the theater themselves. They're almost characters in a play as well. The buildings (that still exist) are beautiful, but also very soulful and sad.
Oct 20, 2014 Andrew rated it it was amazing
Classic John Osborne, angry work, the play is based against the end of the Music Hall era and the beginning of TV and Rock and Roll.
James Evans
Sep 07, 2016 James Evans rated it it was ok
I was hoping to see it live but John Hurt got I'll and withdrew from the play so I didn't go. Still I had it with me -I tend to read the plays before seeing them- so I read it anyway.

I like theatre a lot although I'm not an actress or a student of any kind of arts. I feel a bit guilty about 2 starts but 3 starts are books/plays "I liked it" and although I didn't dislike it, I felt there was nothing particularly remarkable about this play. Usually you find something; a character, some lines, the
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Sep 02, 2016 Ben Hart rated it it was ok
Shelves: theatre, 2016
Garrick Theatre, London. Closer to 2.5 stars, seems a strange revival - at least in this rather messy production. I can understand the allegory between a faded music hall performer and the post-war/Empire fizzling Britain entangled in the Suez crisis but the play never seemed to really kick into life.

It's a treat to watch Sir Ken Branagh do his thing in person (front row too, through the TodayTix lottery) but the play didn't match the performances.
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John James Osborne was an English playwright, screenwriter, actor and critic of The Establishment. The stunning success of his 1956 play Look Back in Anger transformed English theatre. In a productive life of more than 40 years, Osborne explored many themes and genres, writing for stage, film and TV. His personal life was extravagant and iconoclastic. He was notorious for the ornate violence of hi ...more
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