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The Entertainer

A brilliantly caustic portrait of an ageing music-hall veteran, played by Laurence Olivier.

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UK 1960
Dir Tony Richardson
With Laurence Olivier, Brenda de Banzie, Roger Livesey
Certificate PG

Like Look Back in Anger, the second Woodfall production was adapted from a stage play written by John Osborne. The result, under Richardson’s taut direction, is a brilliantly caustic portrait of ageing music-hall veteran Archie Rice, played by Olivier in one of his finest screen performances, coming undone in a peeling seaside resort (although never named, the location was Morecambe).

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A number of books on and by John Osborne have been published by Oberon Books, including Tom Jones, the screenplay based on the novel by Henry Fielding, and 'Dearest Squirrel…' which contains the intimate letters of John Osborne and his first wife Pamela Lane, providing a fascinating insight into their supportive, loyal and frequently stormy thirty year relationship.

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