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John Osborne

JOHN OSBORNE

  (1929 - 1994)

Nationality:    English
email:    n/a     Website:    n/a

Literary Agent:    Gordon Dickerson  

David Hare's speech at the memorial service for John Osborne in June 1995 >>>

Research:    http://research.hrc.utexas.edu:8080/hrcxtf/view?docId=ead/00168.xml. Harry Ransom Center, the University of Texas at Austin.
the papers of this British playwright consist of manuscripts of many of his works, correspondence, newspaper and magazine articles, scrapbooks, posters, programs, and business documents.

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below is a list of John Osborne's plays - click on a Play Title for more information

        Almost A Vision         Better Class Of Person         Blood Of the Bambergs, The         Bond Honoured, A         Dejavu         Devil Inside Him, The         End Of Me Old Cigar, The         Entertainer, The         Epitaph For George Dillon         Father, The         Gift Of Friendship, The         God Rot Tunbridge Wells         Hedda Gabler         Hotel In Amsterdam, The         Inadmissible Evidence         Look Back In Anger         Luther         Ms, Or Jill And Jack         Patriot For Me, A         Personal Enemy         Picture Of Dorian Gray, The         Place Calling Itself Rome         Right Prospectus, The         Sense Of Detachment, A         Subject Of Scandal And Concern, A         Time Present         Try A Little Tenderness         Under Plain Cover         Very Like A Whale         Watch It Come Down         West Of Suez         World Of Paul Slickey, The         You're Not Watching Me, Mummy



Almost A Vision

Synopsis:
Champagne dialogue alleviates nervousness of sleeping together

Notes:
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1st Produced:
ITV Yorkshire    1976

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TV Play

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

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-

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Better Class Of Person

Synopsis:
Autobiographical look at growing up in wartime suburbia

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
Thames TV    1985

Company:
-

1st Published:
Faber and Faber, London, 1985   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
TV Play

Parts:
Male:  17            Female:  11            Other:  1b extras

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Blood Of the Bambergs, The

Synopsis:
Satire on a royal wedding

Notes:
part of Plays for England

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1st Published:
Faber and Faber, London, 1963   -

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Genre:
Fairy Story

Parts:
Male:  16            Female:  5            Other:  -

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-

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Bond Honoured, A

Synopsis:
Message follows message as the hero judges and honours his bond in sixteenth century Spain.

Notes:
Original Playwright - Lope de Vega

1st Produced:
National Theatre, London    1966

Company:
-

1st Published:
Faber and Faber, London, 1966   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Play One Act

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  2            Other:  -

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-

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Dejavu

Synopsis:
Look Back in Anger revisited; Alison does the ironing

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
Comedy, London    1992

Company:
-

1st Published:
Faber and Faber, London, 1991   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Devil Inside Him, The

Devil Inside Him, The
Idiot Welsh youth in small village, problems when sex maniac kills girl.

Notes:
written by John Osborne And StElla Linden

1st Produced:
Huddersfield    1950

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  3            Other:  -

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End Of Me Old Cigar, The

Synopsis:
Confederacy of women plot to end male dominance at a stroke

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
London    1975

Company:
-

1st Published:
Faber and Faber, London, 1975   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  9            Female:  7            Other:  -

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-

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Entertainer, The

Synopsis:
Despite his failure as a comedian Archie Rice cannot leave the decaying world of music hall.

Notes:
music by John Addison

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Company:
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1st Published:
Faber and Faber, London, 1957   -

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Genre:
Play/Drama 15 scenes

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Epitaph For George Dillon

Epitaph For George Dillon
A mediocre artist is planted into the weed patch of petite bourgeois suburbia

Notes:
written by John Osborne And Anthony Creighton. Produced Royal Court London, 11 Feb 1958

1st Produced:
Oxford University Experimental Club    Feb 1957

Company:
-

1st Published:
Faber and Faber, London, 1958   978-0571230884

Music:
-

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  4            Other:  -

Further Reference:
Wearing - the London Stage 58.22; 58.125
Theatre Record Vol XXV (2005) Page 1221 - [Theatre: Comedy]

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Father, The

Synopsis:
Battle of the sexes presents a moving incisive examination of marriage and parenthood.

Notes:
Original Playwright - August Strindberg

1st Produced:
London    1989

Company:
-

1st Published:
Faber and Faber, London, 1989   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Adaptation

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Gift Of Friendship, The

Synopsis:
Elderly novelist asks disliked guest to be literary editor

Notes:
televised 1972

1st Produced:
ITV Yorkshire    1972

Company:
-

1st Published:
Faber and Faber, London, 1972   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
TV Play

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  -

Further Reference:
-

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God Rot Tunbridge Wells

Synopsis:
Handel on his deathbed. For Tony Palmer's TV feature

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
TV    1985

Company:
-

1st Published:
Faber and Faber, London, 1985   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Monologue Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  -            Other:  -

Further Reference:
-

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Hedda Gabler

Hedda Gabler
Appallingly comic spectacle of a claustrophobic and fragile world coming apart at the seams.

Notes:
Original Playwright - Henrik Ibsen

1st Produced:
London    1972

Company:
-

1st Published:
Faber and Faber, London, 1972   978-0571098880

Music:
-

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Genre:
Adaptation

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Hotel In Amsterdam, The

Hotel In Amsterdam, The
Three couples planing their secret weekend away are exposed.

Notes:
-

1st Produced:

Company:
-

1st Published:
Faber and Faber, London, 1968   978-0237749255

Music:
-

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Inadmissible Evidence

Inadmissible Evidence
Lawyer whose public and private lives are disintegrating

Notes:
-

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Company:
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Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  5            Other:  -

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Look Back In Anger

Look Back In Anger
Anger that "there aren't any good brave causes left".

Notes:
-

1st Produced:

Company:
-

1st Published:
Faber and Faber, London, 1957   978-0571061846

Music:
-

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Luther

Luther
Religious experience; Luther at the Diet of Worms; Luther talking; Luther preaching.

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
Theatre Royal, Nottingham    1961

Company:
-

1st Published:
Faber and Faber, London, 1961   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  12            Female:  1            Other:  extras

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Ms, Or Jill And Jack

Synopsis:
Sophisticated executive out with pouty bit of goods from the suburbs

Notes:
televised 1974

1st Produced:
ITV Yorkshire    1974

Company:
-

1st Published:
Faber and Faber, London, 1975   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
TV Play

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

Further Reference:
-

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Patriot For Me, A

Patriot For Me, A
Homosexual Austro Hungarian Empire Officer blackmailed to spy for Tsarist Russia.

Notes:
-

1st Produced:

Company:
-

1st Published:
Faber and Faber, London, 1966   978-0571098651

Music:
-

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Genre:
Play/Drama. - - Gay, theme/character full length

Parts:
Male:  22            Female:  8            Other:  extras

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Personal Enemy

Personal Enemy
a vivid depiction of the political and sexual paranoia that gripped America in the 1950s at the height of McCarthyism, when the public enemy suddenly became a lot more personal.

Notes:
written by John Osborne And Anthony Creighton

1st Produced:
Harrogate    1955

Company:
-

1st Published:

Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Picture Of Dorian Gray, The

Synopsis:
Allegory of beautiful young man whose face and body remain untouched by time as his portrait reflects his ageing in the attic.

Notes:
adaptation of novel by Oscar Wilde

1st Produced:
London    1975

Company:
-

1st Published:
Faber and Faber, London, 1973   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Adaptation. - - Gay, theme/character full length

Parts:
Male:  11            Female:  4            Other:  extras

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Place Calling Itself Rome

Synopsis:
Osborne's play, which was written in 1972, rewrites Shakespeare's Coriolanus in a modern political and military setting. the Roman intrigues and bloodshed of the original are transposed to a contemporary world in which the old guard patricians continue to manoeuvre against the new force of the 'people's politicians' and the ever-present mob. Osborne also makes more explicit the homoerotic subtext of the Coriolanus - Aufidius relationship. the 50 roles in Osborne's script are played by twelve actors in the Primavera rehearsed reading.

Notes:
Original Playwright - Shakespeare (Coriolanus)

1st Produced:

Company:
Primavera

1st Published:
Faber and Faber, London, 1973   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Adaptation

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  Large Cast

Further Reference:
-

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Right Prospectus, The

Synopsis:
A school story - with a noticeable difference

Notes:
televised 1970

1st Produced:
BBC 1    1970

Company:
-

1st Published:
Faber and Faber, London, 1970   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
TV Play

Parts:
Male:  15            Female:  2            Other:  boys

Further Reference:
-

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Sense Of Detachment, A

Synopsis:
. . .a vivid portrait of people reduced to husks, wishes, fantasising, degraded, almost hopeless but still with capacities for love and the beautiful.. the Guardian

Notes:
-

1st Produced:

Company:
-

1st Published:
Faber and Faber, London, 1973   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Satire

Parts:
Male:  7            Female:  3            Other:  -

Further Reference:
-

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Subject Of Scandal And Concern, A

Synopsis:
A young teacher who was the last person to be imprisoned in this country for blasphemy

Notes:
televised 1960

1st Produced:
Nottingham    1962

Company:
-

1st Published:
Faber and Faber, London, 1961   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  18            Female:  2            Other:  -

Further Reference:
-

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Time Present

Synopsis:
Sisters, an actress and a Labour MP, confront their father's death

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
Brighton    1968

Company:
-

1st Published:
Faber and Faber, London, 1968   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  5            Other:  -

Further Reference:
-

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Try A Little Tenderness

Synopsis:
Vicious climax to fun at the big pop festival

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
Unproduced    -

Company:
-

1st Published:
Faber and Faber, London, 1978   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  Large Cast

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-

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Under Plain Cover

Synopsis:
A sado-masochistic menage remains uncondemned

Notes:
part of Plays for England

1st Produced:

Company:
-

1st Published:
Faber and Faber, London, 1963   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
One Act

Parts:
Male:  12            Female:  5            Other:  -

Further Reference:
-

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Very Like A Whale

Synopsis:
theme of a powerful and respected man tearing his life to bits

Notes:
written 1971

1st Produced:
BBC 1    1980

Company:
-

1st Published:
Faber and Faber, London, 1971   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
TV Play

Parts:
Male:  8            Female:  4            Other:  extras

Further Reference:
-

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Watch It Come Down

Watch It Come Down
Middle aged art community emigres expend creative energies

Notes:
-

1st Produced:

Company:
National Theatre Production

1st Published:
Faber and Faber, London, 1975   0-57110855

Music:
-

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  4            Other:  -

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-

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West Of Suez

Synopsis:
Set on a Caribbean Island, colonial and emotional empires in decay

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
London    1971

Company:
-

1st Published:
Faber and Faber, London, 1971   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  14            Female:  5            Other:  -

Further Reference:
-

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World Of Paul Slickey, The

World Of Paul Slickey, The
A comedy of manners with music.

Notes:
music by Christopher Whelen. Produced At Palace, London, 05 May 1959

1st Produced:
Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth    14 Apr 1959

Company:
-

1st Published:
Faber and Faber, London, 1959   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Musical Comedy Musical. - - Gay/Lesbian, of interest

Parts:
Male:  15            Female:  11            Other:  2g extras

Further Reference:
Wearing - the London Stage 59.88

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You're Not Watching Me, Mummy

Synopsis:
Actress attended by homosexual dresser

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
ITV Yorkshire    1980

Company:
-

1st Published:
Faber and Faber, London, 1978   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
TV Play

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  3            Other:  extras

Further Reference:
-

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