Former “Brothers and Sisters” star Matthew Rhys is starring in the new Off-Broadway revival of “Look Back in Anger,” which opened February 2 at the Laura Pels Theatre. The Roundabout Theatre Production also stars Sarah Goldberg, Adam Driver and Charlotte Parry, and is directed Sam Gold. The limited engagement will run through April 8.
“Look Back in Anger” is a 1956 play by English playwright John Osbourne, and concerns the life of a couple living in a flat in England in the 1950s dealing with two long-term house guests. The small flat quickly becomes a battle zone as the four try to learn to live with each other.
The play opened in London in 1956 and opened on Broadway for the first time the following year. The Broadway production earned three Tony nominations, including Best Play. Though the play was not widely praised by critics upon initial release in London, it has since become known as a pivotal work of the 20th Century. A press release called the author an “angry young man,” a phrase that came to define a late 1950s movement among British playwrights. Since the original productions, the play has been adapted into films three times, in 1959, 1980 and 1989.
Rhys expressed how excited he is to be playing the role recently to Broadway.com.
“To be doing this part, in this play, in New York City has been a great ambition of mine for many years,” he told the website. “I’m like the cat that got the proverbial cream.”
Rhys, an actor from Wales, starred as Kevin Walker on the ABC drama “Brothers and Sisters” from 2006 until the series ended in 2011. He is also known for playing the poet Dylan Thomas in the 2008 movie “The Edge of Love.” That film also starred Keira Knightley and Sienna Miller.