Epitaph for George Dillon

John Osborne
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Epitaph for George Dillon absorbs and fascinates because it is that rarest of theatrical phenomena, a realistic modern drama which is not bourgeois in its underlying assumptions. It is like a familiar building caught at an angle which suddenly makes it look like something never seen before.’ Harold Hobson, Sunday Times, 1958.

‘Powerful, honest and transfixing.’
Kenneth Tynan, Observer, 1958

Epitaph for George Dillon premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in 1958.


John Osborne was born in London in 1929. Before becoming a playwright he worked as a journalist, assistant stage manager and repertory theatre actor. Seeing an advertisement for new plays in The Stage in 1956, Osborne submitted Look Back in Anger. Not only was the play produced, but it was to become considered as the turning point in post-war British…

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