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Oh What a Lovely War – Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Oldham

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Book & Music: Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop, Charles Chilton, Gerry Raffles,  and members of the original cast Director: Kevin Shaw Reviewer: Jo Beggs When Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop conceived what was to become their most lasting piece of theatre, the Second World War was still a vivid memory for most of the cast. Littlewood herself had lived through two, having ...

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Oh What A Lovely War – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writers: Theatre Workshop, Joan Littlewood, Charles Chilton, Gerry Raffles, members of the original cast Director: Terry Johnson Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Oh What A Lovely War premiered in 1963, a Theatre Workshop production under the guidance of Joan Littlewood. It grew from a collection of world war songs broadcast by the BBC, and was worked on in Littlewood’s distinctive style through ...

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Oh What A Lovely War – Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

Book: Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop Choreographer: Lynne Page Director: Terry Johnson Reviewer: Pete Benson In the early 60s Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop Company in an ensemble collaboration between writer, director and actors created Oh What A Lovely War:a series of sketches punctuated by songs that tell the narrative of the First World War. It has stood the test of time, ...

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Oh What a Lovely War – The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry.

Writer: Joan Littlewood Director: Terry Johnson Reviewer: Nicole Evans The year is 1914. Ten million fathers, husbands and sons are destined to never see their troubles or their old kit bags again. A further seven million civilians are destined to lose their lives in the name of resolving a conflict. The ‘war to end all wars’ begins. Joan Littlewood’s Oh ...

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Oh What a Lovely War – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writers: Theatre Workshop Director: Terry Johnson Reviewer: Claire Hayes Joan Littlewood and Theatre Workshop broke the mould in 1963 when they unveiled their satirical musical about the devastation and futility of the First World War. Now this Theatre Royal Stratford East production has been revived under the direction of Terry Johnson to commemorate the centenary of the war which was ...

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Oh What a Lovely War – Opera House, Manchester

Writer: Joan Littlewood Director: Terry Johnson Reviewer: Paul Downham Oh What a Lovely War is a fun but thought provoking piece of theatre and a truly must see show. The timing of this latest tour coincides with the 100th anniversary of World War 1 still being fresh in the minds of the entire country. As you file into the auditorium ...

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Love’s Labour’s Lost: RSC Live Broadcast – Gala Theatre, Durham

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: Anna Ambelez Reality versus fantasy, love, desire, reckoning and rationalization. These are themes in Love’s Labour’s Lost. Ferdinand King of Navarre (Sam Alexander) and his three companions, Berowne (Edward Bennett), Dumaine (Tunji Kasim) and Longaville (William Belchambers) vow to forsake the company of women for three years in order to study and fast. ...

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An August Bank Holiday Lark – Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Deborah McAndrew Director: Barrie Rutter Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin   It is widely accepted that a funeral or similar should be used to celebrate the life of someone rather than mourn their passing. So it is with Deborah McAndrew’s delightful An August Bank Holiday Lark set in a Lancashire mill town where talk of volunteering for World War 1 is ...

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