The Entertainer

The Entertainer

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By (author) John Osborne

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  • Publisher: Faber & Faber Plays
  • Format: Paperback | 96 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 198mm x 8mm | 112g
  • Publication date: 25 November 1974
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0571063675
  • ISBN 13: 9780571063673
  • Sales rank: 153,941

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This play about the life and work of a second-rate music hall comic (brilliantly created by Sir Laurence Olivier in the original production) and staged only eleven months after the opening of Look Back in Anger, secured John Osborne's reputation and has become a classic of 20th century drama.

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John Osborne was born in London in 1929. Before becoming a playwright he worked as a journalist, assistant stage manager and repertory theatre actor. Seeing an advertisement for new plays in The Stage in 1956, Osborne submitted Look Back in Anger. Not only was the play produced, but it was to become considered as the turning point in post-war British theatre. Osborne's protagonist, Jimmy Porter, captured the rebelliousness of an entire post-war generation of 'angry young men'. His other plays include The Entertainer (1957), Luther (1961), Inadmissible Evidence (1964), and A Patriot for Me (1966). He also wrote two volumes of autobiography, A Better Class of Person (1981) and Almost a Gentleman (1991) published together as Looking Back: Never Explain, Never Apologise. His last play, Deja Vu (1991), returns to the characters of Look Back in Anger, over thirty years later. Both Look Back in Anger and The Entertainer were adapted for film, and in 1963 Osborne won an Academy Award for his screenplay for Tom Jones. John Osborne died on 24 December 1994.

Editorial reviews

In book form, the script for a play in which Sir Lawrence Olivier will star, in mid-February. The author is heralded as London's most promising young playwright, with his current Broadway success, Look Back in Anger. The new play promises to be brilliant theatre, both compassionate and amusing, in a story of our times. (Kirkus Reviews)