Epitaph for George Dillon
is an early John Osborne play
, one of two he wrote in collaboration with Anthony Creighton
(the other is Personal Enemy
). It was written before Look Back in Anger
, the play which made Osborne’s career, but opened a year after in Oxford
and moved to London
’s Royal Court
theatre, where Look Back in Anger
had debuted on May 8 1956
. It moved to New York
shortly afterwards and garnered three Tony Award
The play tells the story of Kate Elliot’s unhappy suburban South London family and the domestic havoc wrought when she decides to adopt George Dillon as a surrogate
It tackles typical Osborne themes, including religion (and Osborne’s hatred thereof), vegetarianism, the casual deception of everyday life and scorn of the theatre. In common with Jimmy Porter in Look Back in Anger, George Dillon is an intelligent man unable find his place in the world.
2005 London revival
A successful West End revival of the play ran at the Comedy Theatre
from September 27 2005
until January 14 2006
, directed by Peter Gill
and starring Joseph Fiennes
, Francesca Annis
and Anne Reid
It also featured Geoffrey Hutchings, Zoe Tapper, Dorothy Atkinson, Stephen Greif, Hugh Simon and Alex Dunbar.
By a coincidence (or not) Annis was the long-standing partner of Joseph Fiennes’ brother Ralph Fiennes.