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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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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 – 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 – Theatre Royal Stratford East, London

Writer: Joan Littlewood and Theatre Workshop Director: Terry Johnson Reviewer: Rob Cottingham The plot is history: nothing less than the First World War, and the build-up that led to it. The cast is decked out in ruffs and white suits of a seaside Pierrot show that was all the rage in Edwardian times. We are to witness (the MC tells ...

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FEATURE: An awfully big adventure for new Peter Pan musical

A new musical version of JM Barrie's classic tale Peter Pan had a workshop presentation this week - but does it improve on the tale's panto and Disney-dominated past? Benjamin Vivian-Jones reports. There are so many versions of Peter Pan, originally adapted into a stage playin 1904, only two years after Pan’s first appearance in JM Barrie’s adult novelThe Little ...

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