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Oh! What a Lovely War - 1998 - West End

Based on a treatment by Ted Allan


Based on World War I factual data found in official records, memoirs and commentaries including those of the Imperial War Museum, Kaiser Wilhelm II, Gen. Erich Ludendorff, Field Marshal Graf von Schlieffen, Marshal Joffre, Field Marshal Earl Haig, Field Marshal Sir John French, Gen. Sir Henry Wilson, Rt. Hon. David Lloyd George, Philip Noel-Baker, Alan Clark, Engelbracht and Hanighen, Siegfried Sassoon, Sir Philip Gibbs, Edmund Blunden, Leon Wolff, Captain Liddell Hart, Barbara Tuchman, Herman Kahn, the London newspapers Times and Doily Express.

Oh! What a Lovely War was partly improvised by its cast and director, then assembled into a collage depicting the horrors of World War I through period songs and words borrowed from official records, war memoirs, and personal recollections. Almost everything in the show was actually written or spoken between 1914 and 1918. A powerful anti-war piece and a scathing indictment of military blunders and the futile loss of lives, the material of Oh! What a Lovely War was presented within the framework of an English seaside entertainment, called a Pierrot show, and featuring a master of ceremonies.

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by BWW News Desk - Sep 3, 2020
Blackeyed Theatre have today announced that their highly acclaimed production of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, adapted from Robert Louis Stevenson's novella by Nick Lane, will be performed to a socially-distanced audience at the Wilde Theatre in Bracknell, Berkshire, on Friday 18 September and be available to watch LIVE online and on demand.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2018
Hampstead Theatre announces a new version of Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya by Terry Johnson and casting for the world premiere of The Hoes.
by Andrew Child - Sep 12, 2020
A native New Yorker, Dr. Donatella Galella admits to a past as a theatre snob. a?oeI was like, a??Does it even exist outside of New York City?a??.a??
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2020
Two prolific, award winning artists, Carl Hancock Rux and Mallory Catlett, both former artists in Mabou Mines' Resident Artist Program, embody the company's mission to foster the next generation of experimental theater artists and bring with them a strong vision for the future of Mabou Mines.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2020
spit&vigor brings the world premiere of LUNA ECLIPSE to livestream audiences
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2018
One of Britain's best-loved and sunniest musicals, Julian Slade and Dorothy Reynolds' Salad Days, heads to Theatre Royal Winchester from Monday 8 - Saturday 13 October. The production stars TV and West End star Wendi Peters (Coronation Street, Hetty Feather).
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2019
Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres, Robert Hastie today announces the full casting for his revival of Guys and Dolls - Natalie Casey (Miss Adelaide), Darragh Cowley (Lt Brannigan), Dafydd Emyr (Big Jule), Jacob Fisher (Harry the Horse), Adrian Hansel (Benny Southstreet), Dawn Hope (General Cartwright), Kadiff Kirwan (Sky Masterson), TJ Lloyd (Nicely-Nicely Johnson), Matthew Malthouse (Rusty Charlie), Martin Marquez (Nathan Detroit), Ross McLaren (Angie the Ox), Garry Robson (Arvide Abernathy), and Alex Young (Sarah Brown) with Shaquille Brush (Havana Boy), Frances Camier (Havana Girl), Charlotte Coggin, Adam Denman, Emily Dunn, Tash Holway, Samantha Hull, Kate Playdon and Anthony Starr. The production opens on 12 December, with previews from 7 December, and runs until 18 January 2020.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2019
With her production of the world première of Anupama Chandrasekhar's When the Crows Visit in rehearsals, Artistic Director Indhu Rubasingham today announces Pass Over, A Museum in Baghdad and The Glee Club which will be staged at Kiln Theatre in 2020, following the previously announced Snowflake by Mike Bartlett.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2018
Theatre Royal Stratford East is delighted to announce the full cast for this year's panto, Sleeping Beauty. The cast includes Krystal Dockery as Fairy Stardust, Joshua Elliott as King Percy, Alice Frankham as Crow/Fairy Borealis/Mirror Antoinette, Josephine Melville as Mauditious Le Vicious, Ericka Posadas as Scarlett, Shaun Prendergast as Queen Pearl and Anthony Rickman as Forrest/Fairy Nightfall.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2018
Fascinating Aida's Adele Anderson is confirmed to join Mark Williams, who plays Doctor Dolittle, in the UK & Ireland Tour of Doctor Dolittle. Adele will play Lady Bellowes/Poison Arrow at the first six venues of the tour - Bromley, Salford, Oxford, Wolverhampton, Newcastle and Hull. There will be a national press night on Thursday 17 January 2019 at the Oxford New Theatre.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2019
With World Children's Day upon us, we're thrilled to let you know that the magnificent cast has been announced for Chiswick Playhouse's enchanting re-imagining of Hansel and Gretel this winter!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2018
The producers of the brand-new British musical "THE DREAMERS" are thrilled to announce four premiere performances of the show at the world-renowned Abbey Road Studios on Friday 7 December and Saturday 8 December at 2.00pm and 7.30pm.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2019
A musical comedy noir, with book by Maureen Chadwick, co-creator of the original TV series, and music & lyrics by Kath Gotts (also co-creators of 'Bad Girls - The Musical'), 'Footballers' Wives - The Musical' is based around the first TV series, and follows the fall and rise of super-bitch Tanya Turner - captain's wife and old school femme fatale - as she struggles to keep her marriage afloat to footballer and lothario, Jason Turner, amidst groupies, meddling club chairmen, deception, betrayal and murder.
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2019
Wendi Peters, Kimberley Walsh and Matthew Kelly will star as Mrs Baskin, Susan Lawrence and George MacMillan respectively. They join the previously announced Jay McGuiness as Josh Baskin. Based on the smash-hit movie starring Tom Hanks, BIG The Musical makes its West End premiere at the Dominion Theatre for a strictly limited nine-week season from 6 September to 2 November 2019, with a Gala Night in aid of Make-A-Wish on Tuesday 17 September.
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2020
Feinstein's/54 Below continues their #54BelowAtHome series tonight with The Broadhurst at 100! 54 Celebrates The Broadhurst Theatre.
by Stephi Wild - May 29, 2020
Check out yesterday's highlights from some of your favorites, including Andrew Lloyd Webber, Caitlin Kinnunen, Betty Buckley, Matt Doyle, Orfeh, and more!
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2020
Today (May 29) in live streaming: Montego Glover visits Backstage LIVE, the cast of Dear Evan Hansen takes over Stars in the House, and so much more!
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2019
New Executive Artistic Director Susanna Gellert makes her Weston directorial debut with the world's longest-running musical, THE FANTASTICKS (June 20 - July 13 | Weston Playhouse), Tues - Sat 7:30pm; Wed & Sat 2:00pm; Sun 3:00pm.  
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2020
Today (May 28) in live streaming: Josh Groban is back for movie night, Steven Pasquale has a Classic Conversation, and so much more!
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2020
Among those who have participated so far are Eva Noblezada, Lea Salonga, Eden Espinosa, Max von Essen, Fra Fee, Katie Rose Clarke, and more. Watch below for some recent installments from Betty Buckley, Rebecca Lock, Matt Doyle, Danny Mac, Ali Ewoldt and Emma Kingston!
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2020
Today (May 27) in live streaming: Chad Kimball visits Backstage Live, Debra Messing and Victoria Clark visit Stars in the House, and so much more!
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2020
Today (May 26) in live streaming: Star Trek Voyager reunites, a new episode of It's the Day of the Show Y'all, and so much more!
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2020
Feinstein's/54 Below has announced that 10 new shows have been added to #54BelowatHome, a series of streamed performances to provide theater fans everywhere with artistic content from their favorite artists.
by Student Blogger: Mark McKelvie - Mar 11, 2020
When I walked into the audition room for Oh, What a Lovely War (the fourth and final show of Hart House's season), I was expecting that the production would be a remount of the beloved Joan Littlewood First World War satire musical from the 1960s.
by Gary Naylor - Jul 4, 2018
Miss Littlewood pays tribute to a pioneer of British theatre whose work either side of the Second World War did more for what is called outreach these days, than any other figure before or since.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2018
Craig Hall directs the Canadian premiere of R. Hamilton Wright and David Pichette's new adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic Victorian whodunit The Hound of the Baskervilles. Twist after suspenseful twist will keep audiences on the edge of their seats until the final curtain. Tinged with the familiar Sherlockian wit, this deliciously dark thriller begins previews on August 1 at the Festival Theatre.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2018
Brian Capron, Vicky Entwistle, Mollie Melia-Redgrave and Patrick Sullivan are confirmed to join Mark Williams, who plays Doctor Dolittle, in the UK & Ireland Tour of Doctor Dolittle. Brian will play Albert Blossom/Straight Arrow, Vicky will play Polynesia, Mollie Emma Fairfax and Patrick Matthew Mugg. Mark Williams and Brian Capron will play the first ten venues on the tour - Bromley, Salford, Oxford, Wolverhampton, Newcastle, Hull, Aberdeen, Northampton, Nottingham and Sheffield. The others will play the entire tour. There will be a national press night on Thursday 17 January 2019 at the Oxford New Theatre.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2018
Niagara-on-the-Lake's World War I connections - from residents who enlisted to the garrisoned troops being entertained in the Royal George Theatre - are highlighted in director Peter Hinton's re-improvised Oh What a Lovely War. With music direction by Paul Sportelli and movement direction by Alexis Milligan, this provocative production about the theatre of war begins previews at the Royal George Theatre on July 14.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2019
Director of Nuffield Southampton Theatres, Sam Hodges today announces the full cast for his production of Howard Brenton's The Shadow Factory which returns to celebrate NST City's first anniversary after opening the space with a sell-out run last year. The cast includes Denise Black (Lady Cooper/Ma Dimmock), Bethan Cullinane (Jackie Dimmock), Joe Tracini (Len Gooch) and Michael Fenton Stevens (Lord Beaverbrook) joining returning cast members David Birrell (Fred Dimmock/Hugh Downing), Catherine Cusack (Lil Dimmock/Sylvia Meinster) and Shala Nyx (Polly Stride). The production opens on 1 February, with previews from 30 January, and runs until 2 March.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2019
Full casting information for the West End premiere of Sara Bareilles' Waitress has been released today, featuring Shaun Prendergast as Old Joe.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2020
Hart House Theatre presents a modern interpretation of a play with music Oh, What a Lovely War! Toronto, Ontario - Opening on February 28, Hart House Theatre continues to mark its 100th Anniversary Season with a show that salutes the House's past connection to the war effort; all through the lens of modern video-gamers and avatars.This re-imagined classic play with music sees the debut of Director Autumn Smith to our stage and takes full advantage of what Hart House Theatre has to offer: featuring showcase performances by trained, emergent talent, who are supported by a professional production team and a dedicated, large audience.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2019
Music Theatre Festival 2019: THE BRITISH INVASION kicks off for Marymount Manhattan College with a brand new musical revue of material from the Perfect Pitch New British Musicals songbook-directed and choreographed by Larry Fuller (Evita, Sweeney Todd)-with an assist from Daniel Kermidas (West Side Story, Newsies)-and music direction by Steven Cuevas (Kinky Boots, Once On This Island.)
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2019
Music Theatre Festival 2019: THE BRITISH INVASION kicks off for Marymount Manhattan College with a brand new musical revue of material from the Perfect Pitch New British Musicals songbook-directed and choreographed by Larry Fuller (Evita, Sweeney Todd)-with an assist from Daniel Kermidas (West Side Story, Newsies)-and music direction by Steven Cuevas (Kinky Boots, Once On This Island.)
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2019
Northern Broadsides and New Vic Theatre have released rehearsal images for their forthcoming touring co-production of William Shakespeare's glorious tale of antagonistic romance and chaotic comedy -Much Ado About Nothing.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2019
Music Theatre Festival 2019: THE BRITISH INVASION kicks off for Marymount Manhattan College with a brand new musical revue of material from the Perfect Pitch New British Musicals songbook-directed and choreographed by Larry Fuller (Evita, Sweeney Todd)-with an assist from Daniel Kermidas (West Side Story, Newsies)-and music direction by Steven Cuevas (Kinky Boots, Once On This Island.)
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2019
Northern Broadsides and New Vic Theatre are delighted to announce full casting for their forthcoming touring production of William Shakespeare's glorious tale of antagonistic romance and chaotic comedy -Much Ado About Nothing.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2019
The York Theatre Company as part of its acclaimed Developmental Reading Series will present a staged reading of the new musical In the Theatre with book by Joan Ross Sorkin (The Black Swan) and music and lyrics by Steven Fisher (The Little Dancer). In the Theatre will play two performances only on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter's.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2020
Full casting is announced today for the new spectacular production of Zorro The Musical which will run at the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester from 14 March a?" 18 April 2020, with opening night for press on 18 March, directed by Christian Durham. The show will be brought to life by a cast including Antony Costa as Garcia, Alex Gibson-Giorgio as Ramon, Emma Kingston as Luisa, Genevieve Nicole as Inez, Kit Orton as Don Alejandro and Benjamin Purkiss as the masked hero, Zorro. The cast is completed by Ajjaz Awad, Amy Bastani, Isobel Bates, Ben Boskovic, Maxwell Griffin, Matthew Heywood, Jessica Pardoe, Thomas Ping, Seren Sandham-Davies and Stylianos Thomadakis.
by Louis Train - Feb 29, 2020
When the musical OH, WHAT A LOVELY WAR! premiered in London, in the 1960s, World War One was relatively fresh in the minds of the audience, most having either lived through it or being the child of someone who had. Today, the show, which strings together British songs from the Great War through a series of comical and melodramatic vignettes, feels neither contemporary nor historical. In its new treatment at Hart House Theatre, Autumn Smith has tried to breathe twenty-first century life into the show through the contemporary metaphor of war as a video game, and through unusual and edgy audio-video. The result is a show that is conceptually confused, but aesthetically rather charming.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2020
Casting announced for the world premiere of brand new musical Stages which comes to VAULT Festival this March, written and composed by Christian Czornyj and directed by Adam Lenson.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2020
spit&vigor is thrilled to announce the world premiere of THE WAKE OF DORCAS KELLY, written by Sara Fellini (2015 NYIT Award nominee, 2014 Planet Award winner // 2018 Planet Award Outstanding Direction nominee). Performances are Wednesdays thru Saturdays at 8PM, March 25th to April 12th at The New Ohio Theatre (154 Christopher St 1E, New York, NY 10002). Tickets are $30. For advance reservations, please visit www.spitnvigor.com.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2018
Just in time for the holiday season, THE WOMAN IN BLACK is inviting guests to try something new this year with a holiday ticket package. For those looking to bond over a spine-tingling live theater performance, THE WOMAN IN BLACK will include a drink from the bar with the purchase of a ticket using the code HOLIDAY through January 6, 2019. An experience surely not to miss, the production has been called "Spectacular" by the Chicago Sun-Times, and "Brilliant" by Chicago Theater Review, receiving rave reviews from critics across the board. 
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2018
Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres, Robert Hastie, today announces the full casting for Caroline Steinbeis' major revival of Githa Sowerby's Rutherford and Son. Steinbeis directs Esh Alladi (Richard), Laura Elphinstone (Janet), Brian Lonsdale (Martin), Marian McLoughlin (Ann), Ciaran Owens (John), Lizzie Roper (Mrs Henderson), Danusia Samal (Mary) and Owen Teale (Rutherford).
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2018
Stephen Daldry ('The Crown,' Billy Elliot, The Inheritance) directs his National Theatre of Great Britain's landmark production of J.B. Priestley's classic thriller An Inspector Calls, hailed as the theatrical event of its generation and winner of an unprecedented number of awards, including three Olivier's, four Tony's and seven Drama Desk Awards, with an exclusive West Coast engagement at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts from Tuesday, January 22 to Sunday, February 10, 2019.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2020
Willow Walk Productions today announce the full cast for new musical St. Anne Comes Home written and composed by Jack Miles, which returns to the Actors' Church, following a sell-out run this summer.
by Roy Berko - Aug 6, 2018
The Shaw Festival, located in Niagara-on-the Lake, is often like being in downtown Cleveland on game day. Lots of 216/440 residents migrate North for a day, days or a week to visit 'the most beautiful little city in Canada,' as Niagara-on-the Lake is often called. They purchase peaches, cherries, and nectarines, tour the wine country and attend plays at The Shaw. It also doesn't hurt that the present exchange rate is $ .77 American for the Canadian dollar. (For the non- mathematical-Americans get a little over 20-cents back for every dollar they spend. Use credit cards to get the highest exchange rate.)
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2018
Casting has been confirmed for the UK Premiere of psychological thriller, The Other Place, in which a brilliant neurologist descends into disorientation. Directed by Claire van Kampen and written by Sharr White, the cast includes Karen Archer, Eliza Collings, Okon Jones and Rupinder Nagra.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2018
Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres Robert Hastie today announces the full cast for the world premiere of Chris Bush's Steel, and his major new revival of William Shakespeare's classic A Midsummer Night's Dream.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2019
Troupe today announces full cast for the The Sweet Science of Bruising by Joy Wilkinson which transfers to Wilton's Music Hall, following its sold-out run at Southwark Playhouse last year. Kirsty Patrick Ward directs Owen Brenman (Professor Charlie Sharp), Celeste Dodwell (Violet Hunter), Jane How (Aunt George), Tom Lorcan (Paul Stokes), Emma McDonald (Anna Lamb) and Wilf Scolding (Gabriel Lamb) alongside returning cast, Ashley Cook (Doctor James Bell), Alice Kerrigan (Emily), Jessica Regan (Matilda 'Matty' Blackwell) and Fiona Skinner (Polly Stokes). The production opens at Wilton's Music Hall on 7 June, with previews from 5 June, and runs until 29 June.