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Roundabout's LOOK BACK IN ANGER, Going Into Rehearsal Today, Mon, Dec 12, Welcomes Charlotte Parry

Rehearsals begin today!



Adam Driver, Sarah Goldberg, Charlotte Parry, Matthew Rhys

By John Osborne
Directed by Sam Gold

Charlotte Parry replaces Anastasia Griffith in the role of "Helena."
Anastasia withdrew from the production due to a schedule conflict.
Charlotte returns to Roundabout having recently played "Cecily" in The Importance of Being Earnest and "Nat" in Howard Katz.

Performances will begin January 13, 2012 and officially open on February 2, 2012
Off-Broadway at the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre

Rehearsals begin today, Monday, December 12 for Roundabout Theatre Company’s (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) new off-Broadway production of John Osborne’s play Look Back in Anger,directed by Roundabout Associate Artist Sam Gold.

{module ad_left_body}The cast features Adam Driver as “Cliff,” Sarah Goldberg as “Allison,” Charlotte Parry as “Helena,” and Matthew Rhys as “Jimmy”.

Look Back in Anger will begin performances on January 13, 2012 and will open officially on February 2, 2012 at the Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre (111 West 46th Street).

The production will play a limited engagement through April 8, 2012.

Look Back in Anger is often regarded as a pivotal theatrical work of the last century.  It is a shocking and vibrant drama about four people struggling to live together and love each other in 1950s England. 

The design team includesAndrew Lieberman (Sets), David Zinn (Costumes), Mark Barton (Lights), Bray Poor (Sound).

Look Back in Anger premiered in 1956 at the Royal Court Theatre in London.  In 1957, the play opened on Broadway and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play.  Roundabout Theatre Company has a history with Osborne’s work, having staged Look Back in Anger (1980), Inadmissible Evidence (1981) and The Entertainer (1982).

Director Sam Gold is a Roundabout Theatre Company Associate Artist and recently staged the acclaimed production of Tigers Be Still at Roundabout Underground.  Roundabout is pleased to welcome Adam Driver to the Laura Pels stage following his performance in Man and Boy at the American Airlines this fall and Mrs. Warren’s Profession in 2010. Charlotte Parry returns to Roundabout having recently played "Cecily" in The Importance of Being Earnest and "Nat" in Howard Katz.


Tickets are available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212)719-1300, online at or at the Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre box office (111 West 46 Street).  Ticket prices range from $71.00-81.00.

Roundabout Subscribers save up to 50% off of ticket prices and have access to special in-theatre events and perks. To become a Roundabout Subscriber visit or call Roundabout Ticket Services (212)719-1300 today.

Through ACCESS Roundabout, 100 tickets will be available for the first four preview performances (January 13-15) for only $10 each using code: ACCESS10.


Look Back in Anger will play Tuesday through Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. 

The Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre reflects Roundabout’s commitment to produce new works by established and emerging writers as well as revivals of classic plays. This state-of-the-art off-Broadway theatre and education complex is made possible by a major gift from The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust. The Trust was created in 1986 by Harold Steinberg to promote and advance American Theatre as a vital part of our culture by supporting playwrights, encouraging the development and production of new work, and providing financial assistance to theatre companies across the country. Since its inception, the Trust has awarded over $45 million to more than 100 not-for-profit theatre organizations.


ADAM DRIVER (Cliff).  Broadway: Man and Boy, Mrs. Warren's Profession (Roundabout). Off-Broadway: Angels in America (Signature Theatre), The Retributionists (Playwrights Horizons), The Forest (CSC). Off-Off Broadway: Little Doc (Rattlestick), Slipping (Rattlestick), Cipher (SPF). Television: "Law & Order: Brilliant Disguise", "The Unusuals: The E.I.D.", "You Don't Know Jack" (HBO), "The Wonderful Maladays" (HBO) Film: I'm Coming Over, Goldstar Ohio, Not Waving But Drowning, Archangel. Upcoming: J. Edgar, Lincoln, Untitled Noah Baumbach Project.

SARAH GOLDBERG (Allison).  Theatre:  Clybourne Park (Royal Court/Olivier nomination, Best Supporting Actress), Miss Lilly Gtes Boned, Six Degrees of Separation (Old Vic), Ice-Cream (Royal Court), The Member of the Wedding (Young Vic).  TV: “Any Human Heart”.  Film: Magnus Rex, Gambit, Rob and Valentina in Scotland, A Bunch of Amatuers, Refraction.

CHARLOTTE PARRY (Helena).  Roundabout: The Importance of Being Earnest, Howard Katz. Broadway: Coram Boy, The Real Thing. Sam Mendes’ Bridge Project (The Cherry Orchard/ The Winters Tale at BAM/West End/international tour). Peter Hall Company: As You Like It, The Importance of Being Earnest (BAM/London/US tour). Off-Broadway: Equivocation (MTC), Rainbow Kiss (Play Co.), Master Builder (Irish Rep). Regional: premiere of Pirate (NYSAF, dir./written by John Patrick Shanley), premiere of Albee’s Me, Myself and I, The Birthday Party (McCarter), The Turn of the Screw (Westport), Cymbeline and Private Lives (NJ Shakes.). UK London/regional: Amadeus, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Three Sisters, The Seagull, Titus Andronicus, Dream, The Blue Room, Follies, Whistle Down the Wind, Charley’s Aunt, Northanger Abbey. TV/film: “ThePark Bench,” “The Safe House,” “ExtremeGhost Stories” (all for ITV). More than 40audiobooks narrated.

MATTHEW RHYS (Jimmy).  Matthew Rhys’ passion, creativity and attitude have helped him solidify his place in the industry as a reputable and versatile actor. He is best known for his role on ABC’s hit drama “Brothers & Sisters,” where he played Kevin Walker.  He has recently produced a documentary for UK television, charting the volatile life of Griffith Jenkins Griffith - one of the founding fathers of Los Angeles.  Rhys continued his work on the other side of the camera earlier this season when he made his directorial debut directing an episode of “Brothers and Sisters.”  Matthew recently wrapped production Marc Evan’s independent film Patagonia depicting two parallel groups who travel to Argentina and the Welsh settlements of Patagonia. He was recently seen in the BBC Film, The Edge of Love, opposite Kiera Knightly and Sienna Miller where he received rave reviews. The film, about the legendary poet, Dylan Thomas (Rhys) and his love of two women, premiered at the Edinborough Film Festival and was released in the U.S. last year.  Leslie Felperin from Variety says “Rhys’ work is sturdy, getting Thomas’ delivery down pat without decending into mere impersonation.”  In 2006, Matthew starred opposite Brittany Murphy in the independent feature Love and Other Disasters. Matthew’s other film credits include, Virgin Territory, The Testimony of Taliesin Jones, Very Annie Mary, Peaches, Tabloid and Deathwatch.  Rhys’s television credits include the lead role in “Metropolis,” a drama series following the lives of six twenty-somethings living in London. He was also seen in BBC’s the “Lost World,” which recreating Conan Doyle's tale of British explorers searching for an undiscovered plateau inhabited by prehistoric beasts. In 2000, Rhys opened to huge critical acclaim when he starred as ‘Benjamin’ in the world premiere of the stage adaptation of “The Graduate” alongside Kathleen Turner at the Gielgud Theatre in London's West End.  Matthew attended the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.  Shortly after in1993, Matthew was awarded the 'Patricia Rothermere Scholarship’. During his time at RADA, Matthew appeared in “House of America” and “Back-Up”, the BBC police series about the operational support units Hooli Vans.  Matthew then returned to Cardiff to act in his own language in the Welsh film Bydd yn Wrol  (Be Brave) for which he won 'Best Actor' at the Welsh BAFTAs.  Matthew was born and raised in the historic city of Cardiff, South Wales.  He currently resides in Los Angeles.

JOHN OSBORNE (Playwright).  John James Osborne was born in London on 12 December 1929 and died in

Shropshire in December 1994. He was married five times. His first wife was actress Pamela Lane. Pamela was the basis for the character of Alison in Look Back in Anger, outlived John and all his subsequent wives and died in October 2010. Pamela kept all John’s letters to her and they have recently been acquired by the British Library. John and Pamela maintained a friendship throughout John’s life interrupted only during his marriage to Jill Bennett a friend of hers whom she advised John against marrying. John’s second wife was actress Mary Ure who created the role of Alison in Look Back in Anger. His third wife was novelist and critic Penelope Gilliat with whom he had a daughter, Nolan. His fourth wife was actress Jill Bennett for whom he wrote several plays. His fifth wife was journalist Helen Dawson. This was his happiest and longest marriage.  Helen outlived him by ten years. In later life John observed that no man should be encouraged to marry an actress and playwrights should be actively prevented from such self slaughter. Osborne started writing plays whilst working as an actor in repertory in the 1950s. He first gained international fame in 1956 when Look Back in Anger waspresented at the Royal Court Theatre, London, where many of his plays wereproduced, including The Entertainer (1957); Epitaph For George Dillon (1958); Luther (1961); Plays For England : The Blood of the Bamburgs and Under Plain Cover (1962); Inadmissible Evidence (1964); A Patriot for Me (1965); Time Present (1968); The Hotel in Amsterdam (1968); West of Suez (1971) and A Sense of Detachment (1972).His other plays include The Devil Inside Him/Cry For Love (Huddersfield 1950 & Cardiff 2010); Personal Enemy (Harrogate 1955 & London & New York 2010); the musical The World of Paul Slickey (Palace Theatre, 1959); The End of Me Old Cigar (Greenwich, 1975); Watch it Come Down (National, 1975) and Deja Vu (Comedy Theatre, 1992) and he adapted Lope de Vega’s A Bond Honoured (National, 1966); Hedda Gabler (Royal Court, 1972); A Place Calling Itself Rome (a reworking of CORIOLANUS); Oscar Wilde’s The Picture Of Dorian Gray (Greenwich, 1975) and Strindberg’s The Father (National, 1988). His work for television includes “A Subject of Scandal and Concern”; “The Right Prospectus”; “Jack and Jill”; “The Gift of Friendship”; “Almost a Vision”; “Try a Little Tenderness”; “You’re Not Watching Me Mummy”; “Very Like a Whale”; “God Rot Tunbridge Wells” and his autobiographical play “A Better Class of Person”. He won an Oscar for his screenplay for Tom Jones and collaborated on the screenplays for Look Back in Anger, The Entertainer, Inadmissible Evidence and The Charge of The Light Brigade. His film and television performances included The Parachute, First Love, Get Carter, Tomorrow Never Comes and Flash Gordon. He wrote two volumes of autobiography, A Better Class of Person and Almost a Gentleman which were subsequently published together as Looking Back, Never Explain, Never Apologies and published a volume of essays, Damn You England. John Osborne received the Evening Standard Drama Award for Most Promising Playwright of the Year for Look Back in Anger and Best Play of the Year Award for A Patriot for Me and The Hotel in Amsterdam. He also received the “Tony” Award in New York for Best Play for Luther. The Writer’s Guild of Great Britain presented him with a Life Time Achievement Award in 1992.

SAM GOLD (Director). Recent credits: A Doll’s House (Williamstown Theatre Festival), August: Osage County (The Old Globe), Kin (Playwrights Horizons); The Coward (Lincoln Center’s LCT3); Tigers be Still (Roundabout);  Dusk Rings a Bell (Atlantic); The Aliens (Rattlestick); Circle Mirror Transformation (Playwrights Horizons, Obie Award, Drama Desk nomination); Jollyship the Whiz-Bang (Ars Nova- 2008, The Public’s Under the Radar Festival- 2010); Rag and Bone (Rattlestick); The Joke (Studio Dante); The Black Eyed (NYTW); The Secret Agenda of Trees (Cherry Lane); The Threepenny OperaEdward II (Juilliard); Electra (Williams College). Dramaturg at The Wooster Group (2003-2006). Roundabout Associate Artist, NYTW Usual Suspect, Drama League Directing Fellow, recipient of the Princess Grace Award, graduate of Juilliard Directing Program. Upcoming: Seminar (Broadway); Look Back in Anger (Roundabout); The Big Meal (Playwrights Horizons); The Realistic Joneses (Yale Rep). 

Roundabout Theatre Company is a not-for-profit theatre dedicated to providing a nurturing artistic home for theatre artists at all stages of their careers where the widest possible audience can experience their work at affordable prices. Roundabout fulfills its mission each season through the revival of classic plays and musicals; development and production of new works by established playwrights and emerging writers; educational initiatives that enrich the lives of children and adults; and a subscription model and audience outreach programs that cultivate loyal audiences. 

Roundabout Theatre Company currently produces at four theatres each of which is designed specifically to enhance the needs of the Roundabout's mission.  Off-Broadway, the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, which houses the Laura Pels Theatre and Black Box Theatre, with its simple sophisticated design is perfectly suited to showcasing new plays. The grandeur of its Broadway home on 42nd Street, American Airlines Theatre, sets the ideal stage for the classics.  Roundabout's Studio 54 provides an exciting and intimate Broadway venue for its musical and special event productions.  The Stephen Sondheim Theatre offers a state of the art LEED certified Broadway theatre in which to stage major large scale musical revivals. Together these distinctive homes serve to enhance the work on each of its stages.

American Airlines is the official airline of Roundabout Theatre Company. Roundabout productions are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2011-2012 season features Stephen Karam’s Sons of the Prophet, directed by Peter DuBois; Andrew Hinderaker’s Suicide, Incorporated, directed by Jonathan Berry; Athol Fugard’s The Road To Mecca starring Rosemary Harris, Carla Gugino & Jim Dale, directed by Gordon Edelstein; John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger, directed by Sam Gold; Marc Camoletti’s Don’t Dress For Dinner adapted by Robin Hawdon, directed by John Tillinger; Mary Chase’s Harvey starring Jim Parsons, Jessica Hecht & Charles Kimbrough, directed by Scott Ellis. Roundabout’s Tony Award winning production of Anything Goes starring Sutton Foster & Joel Grey, directed & choreographed by Kathleen Marshall, is currently playing at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre.

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