I saw this at the Old Vic yesterday, and thought it was great. Be prepared for bleakness - the play visits Britain in 1956, and the strong theme is... end of the road, end of empire, tiredness, national self-doubt. And unpleasantness, this being John Osborne. But the play remains as sharp as a scalpel, and Robert Lindsay as the deadbeat self-knowing comic Archie Rice is just superb.
As this is the second Old Vic show I've recommended here this year, I'd better add: no connection etc.
I saw this from the second row of the Dress Circle and got pretty hacked off as I could hardly hear a thing! Pam Ferris and John Normington got their words across (she was excellent) and so did Mr Lindsay when he was 'onstage' as Archie but not 'at home'. I don't like to 'get at' actors as years of experience lets you know they want to give a good performance but the girl playing the daughter (no offence, can't remember her name) was, for me, totally over-parted and a bit of a blank on stage. I got the impression they were going for a Young Vic rather than Old Vic performance.
Having said that, I thought the play survives well and is surprisingly topical so go but sit near the front.