Look Back in Anger transformed the face of British theatre; legend has it that audiences gasped at the sight of an ironing board on a London stage. John Osborne´s play launched the ´angry young men´ movement, writers from working or middle class background who had become disillusioned with British society, were sick of contemporary theatre´s escapism, and wanted their work to reflect life as they knew it.
The play tells the story of a love triangle between Jimmy, an intelligent and educated man of working class background, his upper-middle-class wife Alison, and her superior and disdainful best-friend Helena. Jimmy hates his wife´s background, almost as much as he hates himself. Dark and savage, Look Back in Anger makes readers and audiences re-examine what was once called ´the good life´.