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A Nice Little Holiday

Complex love affairs, breaking scandals and a famous letter of hatred to the British people turn playwright John Osborne's 1961 French holiday into a nightmare. Stars Robin Laing.

By Sarah Wooley

1961. The South of France. On holiday with his mistress, Jocelyn Rickards, John Osborne has embarked on a passionate affair with his future third wife while, in London, Osborne's current wife gives birth to a son.

From the idyllic French farmhouse, Osborne penned his infamous 'Damn you, England' letter which caused such a furore back home that they found themselves under siege and their nice little holiday turned into a nightmare - with Osborne only just escaping alive.

Jocelyn Rickards ... Tracy Wiles
John Osborne ... Robin Laing
Tony Richardson ... Tobias Menzies
Christopher Isherwood .. Richard Greenwood
Don Bachardy ... James Anthony Pearson
Major ... Matthew Zajac

Directed by Gaynor Macfarlane.

45 minutes

Credits

Role Contributor
Jocelyn Rickards Tracy Wiles
John Osborne Robin Laing
Tony Richardson Tobias Menzies
Christopher Isherwood Richard Greenwood
Don Bachardy James Anthony Pearson
Major Matthew Zajac
Writer Sarah Wooley
Producer Gaynor Macfarlane

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