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The Entertainer

Osborne’s idea is to use the music hall as a metaphor for
England in the late 1950s. Music hall is dying and Archie
Rice, is its unheroic embodiment. But with the Suez crisis
and Osborne, with uncanny foresight, sees all those
crumbling theatrical empires as a symbol of Britain’s faded
imperial dream. Archie’s front-cloth scenes give the play its
louche vitality, which increasingly bleed into intense
domestic scenes.