London's Theatre Royal Stratford East to Revive Oh What a Lovely War; Cast to Include Caroline Quentin
By Mark Shenton
London's Theare Royal Stratford East will revive Joan Littlewood's Oh What a Lovely War, beginning performances Feb. 1, 2014, prior to an official opening Feb. 11, for a run through March 15. The production will mark the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I and the 50th anniversary year of the show's original production at Stratford East in 1963.
Terry Johnson, the Tony Award-winning director of La Cage aux Folles who has also been represented as a director on Broadway by End of the Rainbow, will direct a cast that includes Caroline Quentin (best known for her roles in the popular television series "Men Behaving Badly" and "Jonathan Creek"), Michael Simkins, Alice Bailey-Johnson, Ian Bartholomew, Oliver J. Hembrough, Rebecca Howell, Tom Lorcan, Shaun Prendergast, Zoe Rainey and Kyle Redmond-Jone.
According to press materials, this reimagined production of the musical about World War I is packed full of familiar songs from the era, juxtaposing with shocking statistics from conflict and the harsh realities of war. Oh What A Lovely War is a powerful comment against war in general and its message remains relevant to modern audiences.
The original production was created by Theatre Workshop, Charles Chilton, Gerry Raffles and members of the original cast. The title was suggested by Ted Allen, with Raymond Flecher as military adviser.
This production will be designed by Lez Brotherston, with lighting by Paul Pyant, sound by Mike Walker, projection design by Ian Galloway, choreography by Lynne Page and musical direction by Mike Dixon.
To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 8534 0310 or visit www.stratfordeast.com.
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