By John Nathan, July 10, 2008
Jermyn Street Theatre, London SW1
This is a good time to see John Osborne’s revolutionary play. In 1956 it opened at the Royal Court a month after Enid Bagnold’s The Chalk Garden opened at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, the two dramas offering completely opposing views of 1950s Britain.
The Chalk Garden is currently triumphantly revived at the Donmar Warehouse in London, and if it is revealed as the more accomplished work, Look Back in Anger is still the better state-of-the-nation play.