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Look Back in Anger

A Conversation with Matthew Rhys

Posted on: January 12th, 2012 by Education @ Roundabout

 

Ted Sod, Roundabout’s Education Dramaturg, sat down with actor Matthew Rhys to discuss Look Back in Anger and his role as the iconic Jimmy Porter.

Ted Sod: Why did you choose to play the role of Jimmy Porter?

Matthew Rhys: Look Back in Anger was instrumental in me choosing to be an actor. I’ve been slightly obsessed with this play since I was a very young boy when I saw Richard Burton in the film version. Consequently, it’s always been an enormous ambition of mine to play the part.

TS: Jimmy seems to be a character that wasn’t seen on British stages prior to 1956.

MR: Obviously, I wasn’t around when it premiered, but we are all privy to the play’s impact. There are people I’ve worked with who remember seeing Jimmy on stage for the first time and certainly felt the impact it had at that time. Sometimes, when the play is revived, the pressing question becomes how relevant is it? There are still great elements of the play that are incredibly relevant I think. And that’s why the play means so much to me; I can relate to Jimmy so easily.

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About the Playwright: John Osborne

Posted on: January 12th, 2012 by Education @ Roundabout

 

John Osborne: The Angry Young Man

His Life
John James Osborne was born in London on December 12, 1929 to Thomas Godfrey, a Welsh commercial artist, and Nellie Beatrice, a Cockney barmaid. He loved his father deeply, but felt great disdain for his mother. He blamed her lower-class roots as part of his inability to succeed. When his father died in 1941, John was determined to get away from his mother, so he used his inheritance to attend boarding school at Belmont College in Devon. He soon became unhappy there, as well; after striking the headmaster, he left and moved back in with his mother. He soon began tutoring children in a touring theatre company, where he discovered his passion for the theatre. He began acting, worked as an actor-manager, and then tried his hand at playwriting.
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A Conversation with Sam Gold

Posted on: January 12th, 2012 by Education @ Roundabout

 

Ted Sod, Education Dramaturg, interviewed director Sam Gold about his thoughts on Look Back in Anger.

Ted Sod:  Why did you choose to direct Look Back in Anger?

Sam Gold: The play has always been very high on my list of plays to work on; it was influential to me as I was becoming involved in the theatre. I used the play as I started to think about myself as an artist. I really responded to Jimmy Porter as a character. I connected with Osborne and what he had to say about young people, class and culture. When Todd Haimes offered me the position of associate artist at the Roundabout and asked me what I wanted to do, it just felt like an important first revival to do with him.

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2011-2012 Season, Education @ Roundabout, Look Back in Anger, Upstage


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