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The prolific British playwright Sir Arnold Wesker has died aged 83, according to his family. The ...

Renowned playwright Sir Arnold Wesker dies aged 83

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The prolific British playwright Sir Arnold Wesker has died aged 83, according to his family.

The London-born writer penned scores of plays, several books and a collection of poems. He was best-known for his trilogy of plays Chicken Soup With Barley, Roots, and I’m Talking About Jerusalem, created in the late 1950s, and his 1962 work Chips With Everything.


Over a career that spanned five decades Sir Arnold achieved global recognition, with some of his plays translated into 20 languages. Copies of his works sold in the hundreds of thousands.

Arnold Wesker was born on May 24 1932 and educated at Upton House School in Hackney, east London. He had a string of jobs including furniture maker’s apprentice, carpenter’s mate, bookseller’s assistant, plumber’s mate, farm labourer, seed sorter, kitchen porter and pastry cook, plus national service in the RAF in 1950-52.


After that he embarked on his prolific career as a playwright, scriptwriter and author. In his early years, his name was associated, some say erroneously, with a group of playwrights regarded as Angry Young Men.

Sir Arnold directed his own plays in Havana, Stockholm, Munich, Aarhus, London, Oslo, Madison and Denison universities in the US, and Rome.

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