Written by: John Osborne
Produced by: Royal Court Theatre
Production year: 2012
Original release: July 6, 2012
Opening Night: July 6, 2012
Other cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Rebecca Hall, Anna Maxwell Martin
In a squalid one-room flat in the English Midlands in the 1950s, Jimmy Porter lives with his wife Alison and friend Cliff. While Alison listlessly irons Jimmy’s shirts, Jimmy reads the newspaper and rants about his boredom with life, his living quarters and his timid wife. The tension between Alison and Jimmy escalates until the ironing board is upturned and Alison is scalded. Cliff intervenes and tries to keep the peace between the couple until Alison tells him a startling secret. Then Alison’s no-nonsense friend Helena makes an unexpected visit and the apartment quickly becomes a war zone. The four friends must fight to love one another—if they don’t tear each other apart first.