Look Back in Anger
A Play in Three ActsBook - 1960
In 1956 John Osborne's Look Back in Anger changed the course of English theatre.
' Look Back in Anger presents post-war youth as it really is. To have done this at all would be a significant achievement; to have done it in a first play is a minor miracle. All the qualities are there, qualities one had despaired of ever seeing on stage - the drift towards anarchy, the instinctive leftishness, the automatic rejection of "official" attitudes, the surrealist sense of humour... the casual promiscuity, the sense of lacking a crusade worth fighting for and, underlying all these, the determinationthat no one who dies shall go unmourned.' Kenneth Tynan, Observer , 13 May 1956
' Look Back in Anger ... has its inarguable importance as the beginning of a revolution in the British theatre, and as the central and most immediately influential expression of the mood of its time, the mood of the "angry young man".' John Russell Taylor