Angry Young Man gets blue plaque

Saturday 8th May 2021

Blue Plaque to John Osborne, 53 Caithness Road, West London.
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Today is the 65th anniversary of the Royal Court opening of John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger, easily one of the most important plays of the 1950s. To mark the occasion, English Heritage is awarding the playwright a London Blue Plaque. It is on 53 Caithness Road in Hammersmith, the terraced red-brick house where he lived at the time he began to write the play. Infuriated by his failed marriage to actor Pamela Lane, with whom he lived in the ground floor flat in this house, he drew on Pamela for the character of Alison Porter in the play. For her husband, the angry not so very young man, Jimmy Porter, he only had to look closer to home.

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