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Blackeyed Theatre in association with South Hill Park Arts Centre presents the 60th anniversary production of

Oh What A Lovely War

by Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop, Charles Chilton, Gerry Raffles, and members of the original cast
21 NOV - 9 DEC 2023

Ticket Prices:
£25 Standard | £20 Concessions | All previews £16 | Pioneers' Preview (21 November) £7.50

Roll up, Roll up! And take your seat for the ever-popular ‘War Game’!

A cornerstone of modern musical theatre and one of the very greatest stage satires, Oh What A Lovely War is an extraordinary theatrical journey bringing to life the folly, farce and tragedy of the First World War.

Wildly satirical, visually stunning and deeply moving, it’s the musical that revolutionised modern theatre; an exhilarating, no-holds-barred assault on the military incompetence and inconceivable disregard for human life the First World War has come to represent.

Packed with timeless songs, razor-sharp satire and high jinks, Oh What A Lovely War is a hilarious, heart-breaking snapshot of life for those caught in the crossfire of conflict, a unanimous voice from the trenches and a timely warning from the theatre of war itself. Now, more than ever, it holds a mirror up to the world and speaks to us all.

“One of the most innovative, audacious companies working in contemporary English theatre.” The Stage


Reviews of Blackeyed Theatre’s 2011 production of Oh What A Lovely War:

“A splendid revival that does the original production proud.” Brian Murphy, from the cast of the original 1963 production of Oh What A Lovely War

“Magnificent… Extraordinary… As haunting as it is harrowing… Astonishing power…” The Stage

“Fast, energetic and immaculately choreographed. Joan Littlewood would have been delighted by this production… A remarkable evening” Hexham Courant

Details

Theatre: The Large

Mon – Sat: 7.30pm

Tue & Sat: 3pm

Running Time: 125 minutes.

No re-entry.

We strongly advise that you arrive early and take your seats in advance of the start time as there is a no latecomers policy.

This production contains haze, loud music, and documentary images of war.

OFFICIAL TRAILER

Photography

PRODUCTION SHOTS
Photography by Alex Harvey-Brown

The Company

Christopher Arkeston
CAST
Tom Crabtree
CAST
Harry Curley
CAST
Alice E Mayer
CAST
Chioma Uma
CAST
Euan Wilson
CAST
Nicky Allpress
DIRECTOR
Ellie Verkerk
MUSICAL DIRECTOR
Adam Haigh
MOVEMENT DIRECTOR
Tom Neill
ORCHESTRATOR
Victoria Spearing
SET DESIGNER
Naomi Gibbs
COSTUME DESIGNER
Alan Valentine
LIGHTING DESIGNER
Adrian McDougall
PRODUCER
Orla Daly
COMPANY STAGE MANAGER
Symon Culpan
TECHNICAL STAGE MANAGER

Book Tickets

Oh What A Lovely War

Please note that due to company illness, the performance on Thursday 7th December at 7.30pm will be performed as an abridged version in concert lasting approximately 65 minutes. Tickets for this performance have been discounted.

Group Booking

Southwark Playhouse has a group booking rate of one free ticket in every 10 booked at the same time, and this discount may be combined with applicable concessions (i.e. student rate) where available. These can be booked by contacting the box office either by phoning us at 020 7407 0234, or filling in the below form.

Tickets may be reserved for two weeks without payment, and we can send an invoice which can be settled via a card payment, bank transfer, or cheque.

Once an enquiry form has been submitted the box office team will be in touch to confirm and invoice within 1-2 working days. If you have any questions please contact boxoffice@southwarkplayhouse.co.uk.

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