AUDIO CLIP: Tennant Looks Back At Osborne



A clip of David Tennant's new documentary on the playwright John Osborne has been released.
Tennant Looks Back At Osborne sees David examining the history of Look Back In Anger and the controversy it faced when first staged.

Listen below:

Sixty years ago, one small play shocked British theatre to its core and started a cultural revolution. John Osborne, a writer from an unfashionable Midlands city, put ordinary lives on stage and made them an extraordinary comment on post-war Britain. As he prepares to star in a new production for Radio 4, David Tennant explores John Osborne's own papers to uncover how he put his own life and relationships into Look Back in Anger.

Along the way, we look back at the anger which greeted the play from many critics. The BBC's theatre critic Ivor Brown called it, "unspeakably dirty and squalid. It is difficult to believe that a colonel's daughter, brought up with some standards, would have stayed in this sty for a day." He went on to fume, "I felt angry because it wasted my time." He was one of many who hated the play.

David Tennant hears interviews with John Osborne, reads his personal letters, as well as archive of critic Kenneth Tynan and director Tony Richardson. He also plays extracts from previous productions, including a classic with Richard Burton as Jimmy Porter.

Contributors include playwright David Hare, critic Michael Billington, and actors Gary Raymond and George Devine.

Tennant Looks Back At Osborne airs on BBC Radio 4 on Saturday 30th April from 8.00pm - 9.00pm

David will take on the role of Jimmy Porter in a new Radio 4 dramatisation of Look Back In Anger earlier in the day from 2.30pm - 4.00pm.


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