John Osborne

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David Hare: Covid-hit UK theatre needs a John Osborne-inspired revolution
Playwright mulls mass appeal of Osborne, who is being honoured with an English Heritage blue plaque

Lanre Bakare Arts and culture correspondent

08, May, 2021 @6:01 AM

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John Heilpern obituary
Critic and author of two theatre classics who, over a career of more than 50 years, interviewed many of the greats

Michael Coveney

20, Jan, 2021 @5:02 PM

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Will the lockdown trigger a new wave of kitchen sink cinema?
Life under lockdown could inspire new film-makers to revive a genre that thrives on tensions that brew under one roof

Miriam Balanescu

08, Apr, 2020 @6:00 AM

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How 1960s cinema gave us a glimpse of our future lives | Ian Jack
A new season at the BFI showcases a Britain casting off the moorings of tradition yet uncertain where it was headed, writes Guardian columnist Ian Jack

Ian Jack

31, Mar, 2018 @5:00 AM

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Look Back in Anger review – Richard Burton rages in a revealing rerelease
Sixty years on, the big-screen adaptation of the landmark play looks more conservative than revolutionary but Burton’s firepower is undimmed

Peter Bradshaw

30, Mar, 2018 @5:30 AM

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Kenneth Haigh obituary
Actor who took the role of Jimmy Porter in Look Back in Anger, the groundbreaking 1956 play by John Osborne

Michael Coveney

13, Feb, 2018 @1:21 PM

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Spare us the moral hysteria that threatens a new age of censorship | Rachel Cooke
The muddle over sexual behaviour is already proving dangerous for free expression in the arts

Rachel Cooke

17, Dec, 2017 @12:05 AM

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John Hurt: an absolute master at portraying misfits by Michael Billington
Hurt, who has died aged 77, was a superb, if too infrequent, stage actor. In plays by Beckett, Pinter and Stoppard, he had an intuitive understanding of outsiders

Michael Billington

29, Jan, 2017 @11:00 AM

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‘Kenneth Tynan brilliantly achieved an intellectual slum-clearance of the stage’
In a decade as the Observer’s theatre critic, Kenneth Tynan helped transform the ailing British theatre and reinvent the part of the reviewer, says Susannah Clapp

Susannah Clapp

04, Dec, 2016 @12:05 AM

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The Entertainer review – Kenneth Branagh's off-key swan song
John Osborne’s venomous play lends itself well to Brexit, but Kenneth Branagh’s farewell Garrick production fails to ignite

Susannah Clapp

04, Sep, 2016 @10:19 AM

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Branagh fails the Wall test as Archie Rice | Letters
Letters: Max Wall himself played Archie Rice in John Osborne’s own revival at the Greenwich theatre to much acclaim


02, Sep, 2016 @5:33 PM

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State-of-the-nation dramas can’t capture the lost state of Britain today | Mark Lawson
John Osborne’s classic allegory The Entertainer is back. But the UK is now so fragmented that no modern playwright could pen a drama to sum up who we are

Mark Lawson

30, Aug, 2016 @7:00 AM

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