Oh What A Lovely War (2011)Category: Past Shows
Joan Littlewood’s Musical Entertainment
by Theatre Workshop
Cast – Robert Harding, Ben Harrison, Joseph Mann, Paul Morse, Tom Neill
Director Adrian McDougall
Musical Director Ellie Verkerk
Designer Victoria Spearing
Lighting Designer Oliver Welsh
Orchestration Tom Neill
Costume Design Fiona Davis and Pamela Wiggin
Choreographer Gillian Albone
Dramaturgy Jo Wright
Over ninety years on from the Armistice, Oh What A Lovely War remains a classic of the modern theatre and a powerful reminder of the atrocities of a war that cost twenty million lives. Told through the songs and documents of the period, it’s a satirical attack on the military incompetence and inconceivable disregard for human life the First World War has come to represent and a chilling reminder of man’s inhumanity to man.
At turns satirical, funny and deeply moving, Oh What a Lovely War has a style all of its own, combining live music, dance, songs and sketches to create a picture of life for those on the front line and those behind it. Created and first performed by Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop in 1963, it received the acclaim of London audiences and critics, and won the Grand Prix of the Theatre des Nations festival in Paris the same year. In 1969, a film version was made which extended the play’s popular success.
Don’t miss Blackeyed Theatre’s revival of its hugely acclaimed production from 2008, featuring five actor musicians who play, sing and act their way through one of the greatest satires ever written. Oh What A Lovely War as Joan Littlewood intended and an unforgettable theatrical experience.