Last year, there were numerous celebrations around the 50th anniversary of John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger. Last night (7 March 2007, previews from 23 February), the Old Vic marked the same milestone for the original “angry young man’s” follow-up masterpiece, The Entertainer.

In Sean Holmes’ critically lauded production (See Today’s Review Round-up), Robert Lindsay plays Archie Rice, a part immortalised on stage and screen by Laurence Olivier. He’s joined in the cast by John Normington as Archie’s dad Billy Rice, Emma Cunniffe as his daughter Jean, David Dawson as his son Frank, and Pam Ferris as his long-suffering alcoholic wife Phoebe.

Set in the 1950s in a society on the brink of change and at war over the Suez Canal, The Entertainer follows embittered and struggling music hall comedian Archie Rice trying to keep a semblance of happiness within his dysfunctional family.

The Old Vic production is designed by Anthony Lamble, with lighting by Peter Mumford and music by John Addison. It continues its limited season until 19 May 2007.

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For 1st Night Photos, our Whatsonstage.com photographer Dan Wooller was on hand for The Entertainer’s post-show party at the Baltic, along with the company, Old Vic artistic director Kevin Spacey and other first night guests including Richard O’Brien, Adrian Lukis and Trudie Goodwin (from TV’s The Bill).

-by Terri Paddock