British Drama in the 50s and 60s

Monday 1.30 - 3.30

When Kenneth Tynan described Jimmy Porter in Look Back in Anger as ‘the completest young pup in our literature since Hamlet’, he signalled a radical change in British theatre. Inspired by the opening of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot at the Arts Theatre in 1955 and the first visit to London of Bertolt Brecht’s Berliner Ensemble in 1956, a new wave of British playwrights, including both ‘Absurdists’ and Kitchen-sink realists’, threatened to erode the complacencies of the old guard. This course will look at the work of some of the key playwrights of the period, including John Osborne, Shelagh Delaney, Arnold Wesker, Harold Pinter, Tom Stoppard and Jo Orton, and the impact their work had on the development of British drama.

  • Course Tutor: David Read
  • Course Duration: 10
  • Course dates: 23 Apr – 09 Jul
  • Half Term: 28 May
  • Price: £48.00
  • Additional Information
    No class 7 May