Oh What A Lovely War

By Theatre Workshop, Charles Chilton, Gerry Raffles and Members of the Original Cast

Synopsis:

Next Stage Theatre Company presents
Joan Littlewood's Musical Entertainment

Oh What A Lovely War

by Theatre Workshop, Charles Chilton, Gerry Raffles and Members of the Original Cast. Title suggested by Ted Allan.


To commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the outbreak of World War I Next Stage continues its 20th Birthday year of unmissable shows with a colourful and poignant production of Joan Littlewood’s Oh What A Lovely War.

Well-known to many for its jaunty songs and fast-paced action, Oh What A Lovely War is not only a highly entertaining piece of theatre, it also turns a sobering and sympathetic spotlight on the horrors of World War 1. Whilst celebrating the bravery of the millions who lost their lives, the play asks its audience to consider the less patriotic aspects of the Great War - the profiteers who made their fortunes from other people’s sacrifices, and the generals, motivated by ambition and dogged by ignorance, who led so many innocent young men to slaughter.

Artistic Director, Ann Garner, with a team of actors from Next Stage and Next Stage Youth will be presenting a colourful and thought-provoking production of Oh What A Lovely War. The Mission Theatre’s main auditorium will be transformed into a circus tent in which the tragedy and horror of the Great War will be depicted through song, dance, drama and juxtaposed images from archive material.

The evocative music of this iconic piece, colourful costumes and in-the-round staging will make it a show to remember.


Watch 2 rehearsal videos here:







With grateful thanks to this show's Angels.

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Oh What A Lovely War
This show was performed at The Mission Theatre, Bath in July 2014.

Supper menu:

  • The White Witch's watercress & spinach soup - £4.50

  • or
  • Mr Tumnus's tomato, red pepper & feta salad - £4.50

  • Spinach and ricotta lasagne - £7

  • or
  • Vegetable and lentil cottage pie - £7

  • or
  • Asparagus and courgette salad - £4.50 / Mushroom and leek quiche - £6

  • Rhubarb and strawberry crumble - £3

  • or
  • Selection of home-made cakes £2

  • Teas and coffees to finish.

Director/s | Cast:

Director

Joanna Bowman

Joanna Bowman

Ensemble

Matt Bromwich

Matt Bromwich

Ensemble

Andrew Ellison

Andrew Ellison

Ensemble

Kay Francksen

Kay Francksen

Ensemble

Nicole Goodchild

Nicole Goodchild

Ensemble

David Gosling

David Gosling

Ensemble

Brian Howe

Brian Howe

Ensemble

Ella MacGregor-Bellart

Ella MacGregor-Bellart

Ensemble

John Matthews

John Matthews

MC/Ensemble

Joe Quintana

Joe Quintana

Ensemble

Claire Rumball

Claire Rumball

Ensemble

Ensemble

Liz Wilson

Liz Wilson

Ensemble

Ensemble

Robel Yoseph

Robel Yoseph

Ensemble

Review/s of Oh What A Lovely War:

Review 1: "An Excellent production and an unmissable tribute"

One production that had to be done this year, the centenary of the Great War, this should be considered an unmissable tribute. First staged in 1963, it doesn’t date – as the subject was dated back then – and the sentiment will always seem current as the anti-war theme is ever with us even if the lesson is never learned. This is a simplified version of the original pierrot show, done thus as Joan…click here to read the whole review.

By Philip Horton, The Bath Chronicle

Review 2: "As powerful and relevant as ever and well worth the watch"

Originally devised by the legendary Joan Littlewood, Charles Chilton and the original cast at Stratford East Theatre London; this extraordinary journey through WW1 is like no other. The cast wear pierrot costumes and the company contrast musical interludes from the period with the garish, horrific multi – media counterpoint of the carnage from France. Next Stage theatre takes on this hugely challenging…click here to read the whole review.

By Petra Schofield, Theatre Bath

Show and rehearsal photographs: