Elysium will look back in anger

Published: 25 February 2020
Reporter: Peter Lathan

Durham’s Elysium Theatre Company’s seventh production since it was set up in 2017 will be John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger.

The 1956 play, which was first performed by the English Stage Company at the Royal Court, is one of the best known of the genre described as “kitchen sink drama”, moving away from the middle/upper class theatre which preceded it, focusing on working class characters, and gave rise to the phrase “angry young men”, describing writers like Osborne.

Elysium’s production will run at Durham’s Assembly Rooms from 13 to 16 May 2020 before moving to the Queen’s Hall in Hexham on 19 and 20 May.

In the cast will be one of the founder members of the company, Danny Solomon as central character Jimmy Porter, along with Hannah Ellis Ryan (Coronation Street) as his wife Alison and Edmund Dehn (Knightmare, Judge Minty, Krapp’s Last Tape for Elysium) as her father Colonel Redfern. Jake Murray directs with design by Louis Price.

Tickets for both venues are now on sale.