- Epitaph for George Dillon
"Epitaph for George Dillon" is an early
John Osborneplay, one of two he wrote in collaboration with Anthony Creighton(the other is " Personal Enemy"). It was written before " Look Back in Anger", the play which made Osborne’s career, but opened a year after in Oxfordin 1957and moved to London’s Royal Courttheatre, where "Look Back in Anger" had debuted on May 8 1956. It moved to New Yorkshortly afterwards and garnered three Tony Awardnominations.
The play tells the story of Kate Elliot’s unhappy suburban South London family and the domestic havoc wrought when she decides to adopt George Dillon as a
It tackles typical Osborne themes, including religion (and Osborne’s hatred thereof), vegetarianism, the casual deception of everyday life and scorn of the theatre. In common with Jimmy Porter in
Look Back in Anger, George Dillon is an intelligent man unable find his place in the world.
2005 London revival
A successful West End revival of the play ran at the
Comedy Theatrefrom September 27 2005until January 14 2006, directed by Peter Gilland starring Joseph Fiennes, Francesca Annisand Anne Reid.
It also featured
Geoffrey Hutchings, Zoe Tapper, Dorothy Atkinson, Stephen Greif, Hugh Simonand Alex Dunbar.
By a coincidence (or not) Annis was the long-standing partner of Joseph Fiennes’ brother
* [http://www.guardian.co.uk/arts/reviews/story/0,11712,1579971,00.html Guardian]
* [http://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/review.php/9826/epitaph-for-george-dillon The Stage]
* [http://www.curtainup.com/epitaphforgeorgedillon.html CurtainUp]
* [http://www.britishtheatreguide.info/reviews/georgedillon-rev.htm The British Theatre Guide]
* [http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117928421?categoryid=33&cs=1 Variety]
* [http://www.annibruno.com/ab/archives/the-epitaph-of-george-dillon-at-the-comedy-theatre-jan-12th-2006 Anni Bruno]
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