Mary Ure
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Laurence Olivier
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Harry Saltzman
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Tony Richardson
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Samuel Beckett
Richard Burton
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John Osborne

Knowledge Identifier: +John_Osborne


John Osborne

English playwright, screenwriter, actor and critic of the Establishment add

Category: Literature

Born in 1929.

Countries: United Kingdom (71%), UK (7%), Russia (5%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Mary Ure, Laurence Olivier, Shropshire

Linked to: The Observer, Belmont College, English Stage Company, School Certificate




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John Osborne was born in 1929 add something


Thomas died in 1941, leaving the young boy an insurance settlement which he used to finance a private education at Belmont College, a minor public school in Devon add something


He entered the school in 1943 but was expelled in the summer term of 1945 after whacking the headmaster, who had struck him for listening to a forbidden broadcast by Frank Sinatra add something


Anthony Creighton - An advertisement in "The Stage" in 1949 offering actors no salary but a share of the profits was answered by John Osborne who joined the company in Ilfracombe


Osborne tried his hand at writing plays, co-writing his first, "The Devil Inside Him", with his mentor Stella Linden, who directed it at the Theatre Royal in Huddersfield in 1950 add something


Stratford Johns - He ran a small hotel in London during the 1950s, and was a member of the English Stage Company at the Royal Court Theatre during the Angry Young Men period when new playwrights, including John Osborne, introduced new themes to British theatre


Cleo Laine - She played the lead in a new play at London's Royal Court Theatre, home of the new wave of playwrights of the 1950s such as John Osborne and Harold Pinter


This was in the summer of 1955 and Osborne spent much of the next two years before their divorce hoping they would reconcile add something


Kenneth Tynan - There was a significant development in the 1955-56 British theatre season during which John Osborne's "Look Back in Anger" premiered


In 1956, after Look Back in Anger had opened, Osborne met her at the railway station in York, at which meeting she told Osborne of her recent abortion and enquired after his relationship with Mary Ure, of which she was aware add something


Osborne began a relationship with Ure shortly after meeting her when she was cast as Alison in "Look Back in Anger" in 1956 add something


The success of his 1956 play "Look Back in Anger" transformed English theatre add something


"The Entertainer" uses the metaphor of the dying music hall tradition and its eclipse by early rock and roll to comment on the moribund state of the British Empire and its eclipse by the power of the United States, something flagrantly revealed during the Suez Crisis of November 1956 which elliptically forms the backdrop to the play add something


Mary Ure - While performing a leading role in John Osborne's play "Look Back in Anger" she began a relationship with the married dramatist; after he obtained a divorce they married in 1957


During production, the married Osborne began a relationship with Mary Ure, and would divorce his wife, Pamela Lane, to marry her in 1957 add something


In April 1957, Osborne was granted a divorce from Lane, on the grounds of his adultery add something


Joan Plowright - In 1957, she co-starred with Sir Laurence Olivier in the original London production of John Osborne's "The Entertainer", taking over the role of Jean Rice from Dorothy Tutin when the play transferred from the Royal Court to the Palace Theatre


Don Taylor (director) - It was for the club that Taylor directed, in 1957, the world premiere of "Epitaph for George Dillon" by the acclaimed playwright John Osborne


Laurence Olivier - John Osborne, author of Look Back in Anger, wrote a play for Olivier entitled The Entertainer, centred on a washed-up stage comedian called Archie Rice, which opened at the Royal Court on 10 April 1957.


The play went on to be an enormous commercial success, transferring to the West End and to Broadway, touring to Moscow and in 1958 a film version was released with Richard Burton and Mary Ure in the leading roles add something


Richard Burton - Then in 1958, he was offered the part of Jimmy Porter, "an angry young man" role, in the film version of John Osborne's play "Look Back in Anger", a gritty drama about middle-class life in the British Midlands, directed by Tony Richardson, and again with Claire Bloom as co-star


Following "The Entertainer" were "The World of Paul Slickey" a musical which satirizes the tabloid press, the unusual television documentary play "A Subject of Scandal and Concern" and the 1962 double bill "Plays for England", comprising "The Blood of the Bambergs" and "Under Plain Covers" add something


Osborne joined the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in 1959 add something


Mary Ure - But her marriage to the womanizing John Osborne was already in difficulty and in 1959 she began an affair with actor Robert Shaw while they co-starred in "The Changeling" at London 's Royal Court Theatre


Tony Richardson - In 1959, Richardson co-founded Woodfall Film Productions with John Osborne and producer Harry Saltzman, and, as Woodfall's debut, directed the film version of "Look Back in Anger", his first feature film


Harry Saltzman - Saltzman started Woodfall Film Productions with Tony Richardson and John Osborne and produced other critically acclaimed social realism dramas such as 1959's "Look Back in Anger" and 1960's "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning"


Paul Scofield - Highlights of his career in modern theatre include the roles of Sir Thomas More in Robert Bolt's "A Man for All Seasons" , Charles Dyer in Dyer's play "Staircase", staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1966, the definitive Laurie in John Osborne's "A Hotel in Amsterdam" , and Antonio Salieri in the original stage production of Peter Shaffer's "Amadeus"


Miriam Karlin - In 1960, she appeared opposite Sir Laurence Olivier in the film of John Osborne's play "The Entertainer"


"Luther", depicting the life of Martin Luther, the archetypal rebel of an earlier century, was first performed in 1961; it transferred to Broadway and won Osborne a Tony award add something


In between these plays, Osborne won an Oscar for his 1963 adaptation of "Tom Jones" add something


Hamlet - In 1963, Olivier directed Peter O'Toole as Hamlet in the inaugural performance of the newly formed National Theatre; critics found resonance between O'Toole's Hamlet and John Osborne's hero, Jimmy Porter, from "Look Back in Anger"


"Inadmissible Evidence" was first performed in 1964 add something


Brian Epstein - In 1964, he revealed that he would have liked to produce a theatre play, or even act, "in something by Chekhov", or a "straight drama" by John Osborne


John Osborne's plays in the 1970s included "West of Suez" which starred Ralph Richardson, "A Sense of Detachment", first produced at the Royal Court in 1972, and "Watch It Come Down", first produced at the National Theatre at the Old Vic starring Frank Finlay add something


In 1971, he made his best remembered acting appearance, lending Cyril Kinnear a sense of civil menace in "Get Carter" add something


Their marriage degenerated into mutual abuse and insult with Bennett goading Osborne, calling him 'impotent' and 'homosexual' in public as early as 1971 add something


John Caird (director) - Caird was an Associate Director of Contact Theatre for two years from 1973-1975 where he directed plays by Shakespeare, Chris Bond, John Osborne, James Saunders, Samuel Beckett, wrote and acted in Theatre in Education programmes for Manchester's schools and prisons, and was an actor and musician in plays by Brecht, Goldoni and Jellicoe


Of their divorce, Osborne wrote of being surprised that she repeatedly refused to return to him treasured postcards drawn for him by his father but is circumspect at her death in 1975 add something


Roger Michell - After graduating from Cambridge in 1977, he moved to London and began an apprenticeship at the Royal Court Theatre and worked as assistant director to noted British playwright John Osborne and Irish playwright Samuel Beckett


In 1978 he appeared as an actor in "Tomorrow Never Comes" and in 1980 in "Flash Gordon" add something


Through the 1980s Osborne played the role of Shropshire squire with great pleasure and a heavy dose of irony add something


"A Better Class of Person" was filmed by Thames TV in 1985 and was nominated for the Prix Italia with Eileen Atkins and Alan Howard as his parents and Gary Capelin and Neil McPherson as Osborne add something


After a serious liver crisis in 1987, Osborne became a diabetic, injecting twice a day add something


Bennett's suicide in 1990 is generally believed to have been a result of Osborne's rejection of her add something


In 1993, a year before his death, Osborne wrote that the opening night was "an occasion I only partly remember, but certainly with more accuracy than those who subsequently claimed to have been present and, if they are to be believed, would have filled the theatre several times over" add something


He collected various newspaper and magazine writings together in 1994 under the title "Damn You, England" add something


He died in 1994 from complications from his diabetes at the age of 65 at his home in Clunton, near Craven Arms, Shropshire add something

John Osborne died in 1994 add something


James Wilby - On stage, he starred in the 1995 revival of John Osborne's "A Patriot for Me" by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Barbican Theatre


After her death in 2004, Dawson was buried next to Osborne add something


He is buried in St George's churchyard, Clun, Shropshire, alongside his last wife, the critic Helen Dawson, who died in 2004 add something


Until her death in 2004, Dawson worked tirelessly to preserve and promote Osborne's legacy add something


In his 2006 biography, John Heilpern describes at length a holiday in Valbonne, in 1961, that Osborne shared with Tony Richardson, a distraught George Devine, and others add something


"The Guardian" Tuesday 6 March 2007 ://arts add something


Robert Lindsay (actor) - In 2007 at the Old Vic Theatre, Lindsay played Archie Rice in John Osborne's "The Entertainer", a role first performed by Olivier in 1957


Marcus Romer - Other directing work includes "Sing yer heart out for the lads", by Roy Williams, "Road" by Jim Cartwright, "Bloodtide" by Melvin Burgess, "The Beauty Queen of Leenane" by Martin McDonagh, "Kiss of the Spider Woman" by Manuel Puig, "Mirad a Boy from Bosnia" by Ad de Bont, "Rumble Fish" by S. E. Hinton, "Look Back in Anger" by John Osborne, "The Elephant Man" by Bernard Pomerance, "Fungus the Bogeyman" by Raymond Briggs, "The Twits" by Roald Dahl and "Looking for J


Douglas Hodge - A 2011 revival of John Osborne's "Inadmissible Evidence" at the Donmar Theatre, London, offered Hodge another challenging role, as Maitland, the lawyer in crisis


Matthew Rhys - Also, in 2012, Rhys is set to play "Jimmy" with the Roundabout Theatre Company's Off-Broadway revival of John Osborne's play, "Look Back in Anger"