It’s a long way from the cobbles of Coronation Street but Wendi Peters – Cilla Battersby-Brown – is off to war.
Terry Johnson’s hit revival of Oh What A Lovely War returns to its spiritual home – Theatre Royal Stratford East – in January with Wendi in the lead. It then embarks on a national tour.
Wendi Peters is best known for her portrayal of the iconic Cilla – a role to which she returned this year.
Alongside her screen work, she is in much demand as a stage actress.
Recent credits including White Christmas at the Lowry, Manchester, The Mystery Of Edwin Drood at the Arts Theatre, West End and, most recently, Rutherford & Son for Northern Broadsides.
This Christmas sees Wendi reprise her role of Martha in White Christmas when it plays at the Dominion Theatre, West End.
Oh What A Lovely War, a satirical musical about World War I, originally premiered 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.
Further casting to be announced.
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.
This revival was made possible by producer Christopher Malcolm, who died shortly after it opened in February.
January 29-February 7, Theatre Royal Stratford East February 10-14, Richmond Theatre February 16-21, Malvern Theatre February 24-28, Manchester Opera House March 2-7, Cambridge Arts Theatre March 9-14, Theatre Royal, Bath March 17-21, Princess Theatre, Torquay March 23-28, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford March 30-April 4, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry April 7-11, Theatre Royal, Brighton April 13-18, Leicester Curve April 28-May 2, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre May 5-9, Birmingham Rep Theatre May 11-16, Hall For Cornwall,Truro May 19-23, Hull New Theatre May 26-30, New Wimbledon Theatre, London