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Oh What a Lovely War

Ted Allan, Charles Chilton, Joan Littlewood, Gerry Raffles

Full Length Musical, Drama  /  4f, 11m

Oh What a Lovely War (libretto)
by Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop, Charles Chilton, Gerry Raffles and Members of the Original Cast
Title suggested by Ted Allan

The scheme for a chronicle of the First World War, told through songs and documents in the form of a seaside pierrot entertainment of the period, was devised and presented by Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East.  Published by Methuen in two editions: the standard edition, and the Student Edition, which contains the same text but also has additional pages of introduction, notes and commentary.

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  • Cast Size
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    4f, 11m
  • Duration
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    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
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    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
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Description
The scheme for a chronicle of the First World War, told through songs and documents in the form of a seaside pierrot entertainment of the period, was devised and presented by Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East, London, in 1963. It was the result of close co-operation between writer, actors and director, where the whole team participated in detailed research into the period and in the creative task of bringing their material to life in theatrical terms. It won the acclaim of audiences and critics and the Grand Prix of the Theatre des Nations festival in Paris in 1963 and has become a classic of the modern theatre. Perusal material available. Restrictions apply.

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  • Shoestring Budget
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  • Large Stage
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  • Mild Adult Themes

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Details

  • Time Period: 1910s / WWI
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: Various simple settings

Casting

4f, 11m
Cast Attributes
  • Expandable casting
A variety of characters

Music

  • Vocal Demands: Easy
  • Orchestra Size: Medium

Materials

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Full Package:

The music songs and parodies of songs from the First World War
Orchestration (on hire)
Flute/Doubling Clarinet
Baritone Sax/Doubling Clarinet
Baritone Sax/Doubling Clarinet
Trumpet
Bass
Percussion
2 Piano/Conductor scores

20 Chorus books

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Authors

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Ted Allan

Author

Charles Chilton

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Joan Littlewood

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Gerry Raffles

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