Oh What A Lovely War returns to tour the nation’s theatres

Oh What a Lovely War. Photo by Nobby Clark
Oh What A Lovely War. Photo by Nobby Clark

Terry Johnson’s hit revival of Oh What A Lovely War will return to its spiritual home – Theatre Royal Stratford East – in January 2015, before embarking on a national tour. It will be produced by Judy Lloyd and Matthew Mitchell.

Oh What A Lovely War, a satirical musical about World War I, originally premièred at Theatre Royal Stratford East in 1963.

Joan Littlewood adapted the play from Charles Chilton’s work for radio through her company Theatre Workshop.

It was an immediate hit, transferring to the West End in June 1963, opening on Broadway in 1964 and receiving four Tony Award nominations including Best Musical.

This production, directed by Terry Johnson, opened to public and critical acclaim at Theatre Royal Stratford East in February this year.

Due to popular demand, it returns again in 2015, little more than a hundred years since the outbreak of the First World War.

Oh What a Lovely War

Kerry Michael, artistic director of Theatre Royal Stratford East said: “We’re delighted that, following a sell-out success earlier this year, Oh What A Lovely War will be returning to us before heading out on a national tour.

“It’s a hugely important show that everyone should see.”

The musical is packed with familiar songs from the World War I era including It’s A Long Way To Tipperary, Pack Up Your Troubles and Keep The Home Fires Burning.

The songs are performed against a projected backdrop of images and shocking statistics conveying the harsh realities of war.

Oh What a Lovely War will play at Theatre Royal Stratford East, Jan 29-Feb 7 before touring.

Venues and casting to be announced

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