Look Back in Anger
by John Osborne
The Peter Hall Company 2006
Theatre Royal, Bath, 16 August 2006
2006 sees the fiftieth anniversary of a play which changed the face of
British theatre forever. John Osborne's ground-breaking Look Back in Anger
brought the drama of real life to the stage for the first time and
introduced the expression 'Angry Young Man' to the world. Critic Kenneth
Tynan, reviewing in the Observer wrote, "I doubt if I could love anyone who
did not wish to see Look Back in Anger".
This will be the only production of the play to mark this landmark
||Playing the role of Jimmy Porter is one of Britain’s most
charismatic young actors, Richard Coyle. Well-known to television
audiences as Jeff in Coupling, DI Walters in Cracker, John Ridd in Lorna
Doone and John Strange in Strange. His film credits include A Good Year
and The Libertine and recent stage work includes Don Carlos at the
Gielgud Theatre, After Miss Julie at the Donmar Warehouse and Peter
Gill's production of The York Realist at the Royal Court.
||Rachael Stirling shot to fame in the BBC series Tipping the Velvet
and recently starred on television in Hotel Babylon, The Truth and Riot
at the Rite. On stage she won rave reviews for her performance in
Theatre of Blood (reprising the role her mother, Diana Rigg, played in
the film 32 years ago), and in Tamburlaine at Bristol Old Vic. Her films
include Still Crazy, Maybe Baby and Complicity.
||Mary Stockley's stage work includes the West End revival of Anything
Goes and playing Marilyn Monroe in last year’s production of Terry
Johnson’s Insignificance. On television she has appeared in Agatha
Christie’s The Body in the Library and her films include the recent
Pierrepoint and V for Vendetta.
||Ronald Pickup is one of our most accomplished stage actors. He was
nominated for a 1998 Laurence Olivier Award for Amy’s View. His many
television appearances began with the first season of Doctor Who in
1963, and include the series Fortunes of War, Hustle and Inspector
Morse. He plays Fraser in the sitcom The Worst Week of My Life.
||Recently watched by millions when Richard Harrington played the role
of Doctor Woodcourt in the BBC’s smash hit adaptation of Charles
Dickens’ Bleak House, his television credits also include Jimmy
McGovern's Gunpowder, Treason and Plot with Robert Carlyle and Richard
Coyle; Spooks; Dalziel and Pascoe; Silent Witness; the Antonia
Bird-directed dramas Care and Rehab; and briefly in Coronation Street as
Owen Williams. His theatre credits include Other Hands at the Soho
Theatre (alongside his Bleak House co-star Anna Maxwell Martin); Art and
Guff (Soho Theatre); and Gas Station Angel (Royal Court/tour).
||Peter Gill, who has had a long association with the Royal Court as
well as founding Riverside Studios and the National Theatre Studio,
||William Dudley, who has won an astonishing seven Olivier Awards for
productions with the RSC, National Theatre and in the West End, designs.
||Lighting Designer Mark Henderson, an associate at the National
Theatre, Lighting Consultant to the Almeida Theatre and winner of four
Olivier Awards, completes a stellar creative team.