Look Back in Anger opened on 8 May 1956, the third production in the English Stage Company’s opening season at the Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, London. The production was directed by Tony Richardson. It starred Kenneth Haigh as Jimmy Porter, with Mary Ure as his wife Alison, Alan Bates as their flatmate Cliff, Helena Charles as Helena and John Welsh as Alison’s father, the Colonel.
The play is set in the shabby attic flat of a Victorian house in an unnamed Midlands town. The images here show: Jimmy and Cliff dancing while Alison irons in Act 1, Scene 1; a typical Jimmy Porter pose; and Jimmy and Alison in the final scene of the play.
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- Photographs of the original production of Look Back in Anger by John Osborne (Royal Court Theatre, 1956) starring Kenneth Haigh as Jimmy Porter, Mary Ure as Alison Porter and Alan Bates as Cliff
- 23 June 1956, Royal Court Theatre, London
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- Gender and sexuality, 20th-century theatre, Exploring identity
Dan Rebellato explains how John Osborne's Look Back in Anger changed the course of British theatre.