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Look Back in Anger Tickets

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A pioneering work in British drama, Look Back in Anger was one of the first mainstream English plays to portray dark realism onstage in the 1950s. The story of a tempestuous love triangle complicated with economic strife, class dynamics, and socio-political rebellion, it is truly a compelling show. Order your Look Back in Anger tickets today for a shockingly real theatre experience.

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About the Show:

Look Back in Anger is a 1956 play by English playwright John Osborne. The play's harsh realism and biting darkness was part of a movement that transformed (or at least augmented) British theatre in contrast with the largely light and escapist body of work that had dominated the stage previously. The play spawned the term "angry young men" to characterize Osborne's innovative approach and those of his like-minded peers. It is said that Look Back in Anger is an autobiographical account of Osborne's own unhappy marriage, filled with resentment, lies, and cheating.

Look Back in Anger premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in London on May 8, 1956. It caused quite a stir at the time and it is even said that audiences gasped at seeing an ironing board on a professional stage. The play opened on Broadway the following year and received three Tony nominations. For all its innovation, the play was largely panned by critics; but Kenneth Tynan and Harold Hobson, now recognized as two of the most influential critics of the time, were among the few to review it favorably. And the play's popular appeal is shown in the fact that since its premiere, it has been adapted to film three times. Order your Look Back in Anger tickets today to witness this historical piece of darkly realistic theatre.

Plot Synopsis:

Act I: On a dreary Sunday, Jimmy and Cliff sit in their cramped attic apartment trying to read the Sunday papers along with the radical weekly publication. Alison tries to iron the week's clothes while Jimmy and Cliff go on about the news. Jimmy and Alison reveal that Jimmy had a hard time winning her hand in marriage since he is from a working class background and her family is upper-middle class. They now earn a living off of a sweets booth at a local market. As time goes by, Jimmy becomes more and more abusive toward Alison, laying his resentments toward her family onto her directly. When the argument escalates into a physical shoving match, Alison gets burned on the iron and Jimmy leaves to play his trumpet. Once he is gone, Alison confesses to Cliff that she is pregnant but can't bring herself to tell Jimmy. When he returns, she tells him her friend, an actress named Helena Charles, is coming to visit. It is clear that Jimmy dislikes her, even more than Alison.

Act II: On another Sunday afternoon, Helena and Alison make lunch as Alison reveals that she married Jimmy partly to rebel against her upbringing and partly because she was seduced by his edgy nature. Jimmy enters, entering into a tirade on Helena until the women leave for church. Helena announces that she has sent for Alison's parents to come rescue her, and Alison uneasily agrees to the arrangement. Alison's father, Colonel Redfern, arrives to take Alison home and Helena bids her farewell, planning to leave the next day. Alison leaves a note for Jimmy with Cliff and departs. When Jimmy comes home, he is furious at the note and flies off on Helena until she tells him that Alison is pregnant. Though taken aback, he continues his fit until the two begin a physical altercation that turns into a passionate embrace.

Act III: In a scene much like the opening of Act I, Helena irons while joking and laughing with Jimmy and Cliff. After Cliff announces that he's decided to head out on his own, Jimmy gets ready for a sendoff until he opens to door to find Alison, looking a mess. He dismisses her. Later, Alison tells Helena that she lost the baby. The two women reconcile but Helena realizes she has been insensitive and resolves to leave Jimmy. He takes the news and brushes her off sarcastically. In the end, Jimmy and Alison reunite over fond memories of the past and ultimately reach a reconciliation. Get your tickets today and experience the gritty journey of Look Back in Anger for yourself.

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PlaywrightJohn Osborne

Look Back in Anger News:

February 2, 2012After preview performances from January 13, Look Back in Anger opens Off-Broadway!
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