The British Theater of Anger
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: The New School for Drama
Department: Theatre History
Course Number: TDRM 5237
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Theater History, Theory & Criticism
  • Acting
Considered a turning point in mid-20th Century British theatre, John Osborne's Look Back in Anger (1956) demonstrated a passion and indignation that caught the imagination of audiences disillusioned by the postwar conditions they inherited. Almost overnight the image of "the angry young man" emblazoned the English Stage Company at the Royal Court, inspiring a generation of playwrights whose anti-Establishment stance was a radical departure from the less threatening environment of London's West End. As if to prove that history could repeat itself, the past dozen years have witnessed the shock tactics of "in-yer-face" playwrights who have earned both acclaim and condemnation from critics and audiences alike.
Course Open to: Majors Only
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Students who wish to enroll in a graduate theater course at The New School for Drama must be accepted into the graduate theater program as a full-time student.


Open to New School for Drama students.


Open to Graduate students.

Open to Undergraduate students.


Open to New York City students.


Open to Acting students.

Open to Directing students.

Open to Dramatic Arts students.

Open to Playwriting students.