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Oh! What a Lovely War – Festival Theatre Studio, Edinburgh

Writer: Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop Director: Sally Lyall Reviewer: Gareth Davies In the centenary month of the end of the First World War, Edinburgh's Captivate Theatre present a welcome revival of this classic satire on the horrors of that conflict. First devised in the early 1960s by Joan Littlewood's innovative Theatre Workshop, the play was a ground-breaking combination of comedy ...

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Women of Aktion – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: Mick Martin Directors: Jude Wright/Mick Martin Reviewer: Ron Simpson Bent Architect’s Women of Aktion is one of many commemorations of the end of the First World War, but one which approaches it from a unique perspective. Advance publicity made it sound tempting and original, but also confusing, with two different and largely forgotten historical events rubbing up against each ...

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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 – Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford

Writers: Joan Littlewood, Charles Chilton, Gerry Raffles Director: Terry Johnson Reviewer: Bill Avenell There can’t be many better ways to reinforce the horrors and futility of the ‘Great War’ of 1914-18 than to watch Joan Littlewood’s greatest triumph (itself 50 years old now). Littlewood had a profound effect on British Theatre from her Theatre Workshop base in Stratford East, arguably ...

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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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