Oh What a Lovely War

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Oh What a Lovely War

Full-Length Musical, Drama  /  4f, 11m

Ted Allan, Charles Chilton, Joan Littlewood, Gerry Raffles

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.

Image: Tristram Kenton

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    4f, 11m
  • Duration
    Duration
    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Period
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Appropriate for all audiences, Adult, Senior, Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)
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Summary
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.
Cast Attributes
  • Expandable casting
Keywords
Performing Groups
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Outdoor
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
  • Youth/Camp Programs
  • Tours
A variety of characters
  • Time Period 1910s / WWI
  • Setting Various simple settings
  • Duration More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Cautions
    • Mild Adult Themes

Media

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  • Oh What a Lovely War

    Image: Tristram Kenton

Music

  • Vocal DemandsEasy
  • Orchestra SizeMedium

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1 Bass
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Authors

Author

Ted Allan

Author

Charles Chilton

Author

Joan Littlewood

Author

Gerry Raffles

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