Alice Bailey-Johnson, Ian Bartholomew and More Set for OH WHAT A LOVELY WAR - Full Cast Announced!
Casting is announced for OH WHAT A LOVELY WAR, a Theatre Royal Stratford East Production:
- Caroline Quentin will join the ensemble cast of the 2014 Theatre Royal Stratford East production of Oh What A Lovely War.
- Alice Bailey-Johnson, Ian Bartholomew, Oliver J. Hembrough, Rebecca Howell, Tom Lorcan, Shaun Prendergast, Zoe Rainey, Kyle Redmond-Jones and Michael Simkins will also appear in this cast.
- Joan Littlewood's satirical musical about World War I will be revived in 2014, 100 years after the start of World War I, in the 50th anniversary year of the original production at Theatre Royal Stratford East.
- Production will run from 1st February - 15th March 2014
It was announced today that Caroline Quentin will perform in the 2014 Theatre Royal Stratford East production of Oh What A Lovely War. Directed by Terry Johnson and designed by Lez Brotherston, the ensemble cast will also include Alice Bailey-Johnson, Ian Bartholomew, Oliver J. Hembrough, Rebecca Howell, Tom Lorcan, Shaun Prendergast, Zoe Rainey, Kyle Redmond-Jones and Michael Simkins. The musical, which premiered at Theatre Royal Stratford East on 19th March 1963, will coincide with the 100th Anniversary of World War I.
This reimagined production of the musical about World War I is packed full of familiar songs from the World War I 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.
Alice Bailey-Johnson has recently been working on the untitled Mike Leigh film. Her theatre credits include Solid Air (Plymouth Theatre Royal), The Three Lions (Pleasance, Edinburgh) Stepping Out (Salisbury Playhouse) and Noises Off (West End).
Ian Bartholomew has had an extensive career as an actor spanning over 35 years. He recently took the lead role in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Liverpool & Nottingham Playhouse). He spent three years at The National Theatre where he performed in Pravda,The Government Inspector and the award-winning Guys and Dolls. Other theatre credits include The Merchant of Venice (RSC), The Front Page (Donmar Warehouse), The Iceman Cometh (Almeida Theatre & Old Vic) and Dead Funny (West End). His television work includes Thieves Like Us, Spooks, South Riding, New Tricks and Foyle's War. On film he has appeared in Shiner, Breakout andEisenstein. In 2010 he won the Manchester Evening News award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Doolittle in Pygmalion(Royal Exchange).
Oliver J. Hembrough previous theatre credits include Friday Night Sex (Royal Court), Mamma Mia (West End), No Wit Like a Woman's (Shakespeare's Globe) and The Wind in the Willows (Birmingham Rep). Television credits include Criminal Justice, Northanger Abbey (BBC) and City of Vice (Channel 4).