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A CONCORD THEATRICALS
Anti-establishment, visionary, rude and glorious, Joan
Littlewood fired the imagination of a generation. Based on her life
story, this musical chart the emotional highs and lows of Joan’s
journey from the East End to the West End.
CAROLINE EMILY – Joan’s grandmother KATE LITTLEWOOD – Joan’s motherROBERT LITTLEWOOD – Joan’s grandfatherJOAN LITTLEWOOD – sixtiesJOAN 1 – young girl to young teenagerSISTER SUSANNAH – nuns, teachers SISTER MARYSISTER GERTRUDESCHOOLGIRLS JOHN BURY GIELGUDJOAN 2 – late teens/early twentiesSUSANNAH NICHOLSON – known as Nick – Joan’s art teacherOLDER WOMAN – Joan’s paternal grandmotherPRINCIPAL OF RADA – played by Joan Littlewood herselfBEATTIE – a kindly woman en route to Manchester JIMMIE MILLER – (later Ewan MacColl) – writer, actor, singer, songwriter HOWARD GOORNEY – actor ROSALIEWILLIAMS – actressTEDDY – ASMGERARD – actorALF – actor BETSY MILLER – Jimmie’s motherJEAN NEWLOVE – choreographer and Laban expertJOAN 3 – late twenties/early thirtiesGERRY RAFFLES – actor and producerPEARL TURNER – actress and singerTHE ARTS COUNCIL – played by Joan Littlewood herself JOHN BURY – DesignerBARBARAYOUNG, aka PIGEON – actress JOAN4 – late thirties/early fortiesAVISBUNNAGE – actress MURRAYMELVIN, aka NUT – actorSHELAGH DELANEY – writerFRANK NORMAN – writer LIONEL BART – writer/composerBARBARA (not named) – actressVICTORSPINETTI – actorHALPRINCE – director JOAN5 – late forties/early fifties CEDRICPRICE – architect of The Fun PalaceFRENCHBELLBOYBARBARA WINDSOR – actress
JOAN 6 – late fifties REPORTER
"...an anarchic delight in the style of Miss Littlewood herself." Whatsonstage, Read more
"irreverent and moving" The Stage, Read more
"A magnificent evening." The Times, Read more
"...it is hard not to warm to a show that introduces a new generation to the huge debt British theatre owes her [Littlewood]." The Guardian, Read more
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