Olivier-Nominated Production of Oh What a Lovely War to Receive Audio Broadcast
13 Mar 2014
The new production of Oh What a Lovely War — currently running at Theatre Royal, Stratford East through March 15 where its entire run sold out shortly before its Feb. 10 opening — is to receive an audio broadcast by BBC Radio 2 March 14 beginning at 8 PM London time.
The production was staged by Terry Johnson, marking both the 50th anniversary of the original production (also seen at Stratford East) and the 100th anniversary of the First World War. It is built upon the songs that ordinary British soldiers sang during a war that killed ten million in four years.
The production has also been nominated for the 2014 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.