Sir Arnold Wesker, British playwright, Died at 83


Sir Arnold Wesker was born on May 24, 1932, and died on April 12, 2016.

He was a British dramatist known for his contributions to world drama.

Sir Arnold Wesker was the author of 50 plays, 4 volumes of short stories, 2 volumes of essays, a book on journalism, a children’s book, extensive journalism, poetry and other assorted writings.

Sir Arnold Wesker’s plays have been translated into many languages and performed worldwide.

His first play Roots (1959) was a kitchen sink drama about a girl Beatie Bryant who returns after three years of stay in London to her farming family home at Norfolk and struggles to voice herself.

However, critics commended the “emotional authenticity” brought out in the play.

And, Roots, The Kitchen, and Their Very Own and Golden City were staged by the English Stage Company at the Royal Court Theatre under the management of George Devine and later William Gaskill.

Doreen Bicker “Dusty” became his wife in 1958 and had three children Lindsay, Tanya and Daniel.

His daughterLindsay was named after director Lindsay Anderson.

However, Tanya died in 2012.

Sir Arnold Wesker also had another daughter, Elsa, with a Swedish journalist, Disa Håstad.

Sir Arnold Wesker passed away at 83 yrs old.