Theatre Writings

By Kenneth Tynan, selected by Dominic Shellard.

Michael Sheen and David Horovitch read from a new selection of articles (written between 1944 and 1962) by one of the 20th Century's most influential theatre critics.

Abridged by Doreen Estall.

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01Apathy20070226

By Kenneth Tynan, selected by Dominic Shellard.

Michael Sheen and David Horovitch read from a new selection of articles (written between 1944 and 1962) by one of the 20th Century's most influential theatre critics.

Abridged by Doreen Estall.Kenneth Tynan is barely 20 when he writes his first audacious reviews, raging against the insular plays he feels are suffocating British theatre.

02The Voice Of The Young20070227

In May 1956, Kenneth Tynan writes an ecstatic review of John Osborne's Look Back in Anger, and the play changes the face of British theatre.

03Dodging The Ban20070228

Kenneth Tynan's passionate campaign against theatre censorship is a high-definition performance - fearless and funny.

04A Verbal Wizard20070301

Tynan makes astonishingly accurate assessments of the first ever performances of The Entertainer (1957) and A Taste of Honey (1958), and heralds the work of Harold Pinter

05 LASTAn Open Letter20070302

In July 1962, just before leaving The Observer to join Laurence Olivier's New National Theatre, Kenneth Tynan writes a surprisingly negative review about his idol.