Blackeyed Theatre in association with South Hill Park Arts Centre presents The 60th Anniversary tour
Joan Littlewood's Musical Entertainment
by Theatre Workshop, Charles Chilton, Gerry Raffles and members of the Original Cast
Director - Nicky Allpress
Musical Director - Ellie Verkerk
More than a century 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. A journey from joy to despair and back again, it’s a deliciously 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.
Wildly satirical, visually stunning and deeply moving, Oh What a Lovely War is a theatrical experience like no other; a fusion of live music, movement, songs and sketches bringing to life the folly, farce and tragedy of the First World War. Now, more than ever, it holds a mirror up to the world and speaks to us all.
“A splendid revival that does the original production proud”
“Magnificent...Extraordinary...As haunting as it is harrowing...Astonishing power... Any assumption that Oh! What a Lovely War is a period piece is shot to shrapnel. Forty years on, we need Littlewood’s vision more than ever. Blackeyed Theatre restore it to us with astonishing power. Catch it if you can”
“Fast, energetic and immaculately choreographed. Joan Littlewood would have been delighted by this production... A remarkable evening”