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Oh What A Lovely War

Stratford East, Theatre Royal

About the Show Less...

One of the greatest ever satires, Joan Littlewood's classic musical is recreated in its original home, fifty years on from its first performance.

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Oh, What A Lovely War first played at Theatre Royal Stratford East in 1963. A powerful satire of the tragedy of the ‘Great War’ and the cynicism of callous politicians, the musical is a comment against war in general and resonates strongly in today’s environment.

The harsh reality of the fate of ordinary Tommies creates a stark contrast with the jaunty music-hall tunes that run through the piece and accompany the soldiers on their route to slaughter in the trenches.

Joan Littlewood adapted the play from Charles Chilton’s work for radio through her company Theatre Workshop. An immediate hit, the show transferred to the West End in June 1963, opening on Broadway in 1964 and receiving four Tony Award nominations including Best Musical.

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Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 01/02/2014

Opening Night: 07/02/2014

Closing Night: 15/03/2014

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Cast & Creative


Caroline Quentin, Alice Bailey-Johnson, Ian Bartholomew, Oliver J. Hembrough, Rebecca Howell, Tom Lorcan, Shaun Prendergast, Zoe Rainey, Kyle Redmond-Jones, Michael Simkins


Director - Terry Johnson

Designer - Lez Brotherston

Author - Charles Chilton

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