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Oh What A Lovely War by Theatre Workshop, Charles Chilton, Gerry Raffles and members of the original cast


this should be considered an unmissable tribute.
— Philip Horton, The Bath Chronicle

Next Stage Theatre Company presents
Joan Littlewood's Musical Entertainment Oh What A Lovely War by Theatre Workshop, Charles Chilton, Gerry Raffles and Members of the Original Cast. Title suggested by Ted Allan.

To commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the outbreak of World War I Next Stage continues its 20th Birthday year of unmissable shows with a colourful and poignant production of Joan Littlewood’s Oh What A Lovely War.

Well-known to many for its jaunty songs and fast-paced action, Oh What A Lovely War is not only a highly entertaining piece of theatre, it also turns a sobering and sympathetic spotlight on the horrors of World War 1. Whilst celebrating the bravery of the millions who lost their lives, the play asks its audience to consider the less patriotic aspects of the Great War - the profiteers who made their fortunes from other people’s sacrifices, and the generals, motivated by ambition and dogged by ignorance, who led so many innocent young men to slaughter.

Artistic Director, Ann Garner, with a team of actors from Next Stage and Next Stage Youth will be presenting a colourful and thought-provoking production of Oh What A Lovely War. The Mission Theatre’s main auditorium will be transformed into a circus tent in which the tragedy and horror of the Great War will be depicted through song, dance, drama and juxtaposed images from archive material. 

The evocative music of this iconic piece, colourful costumes and in-the-round staging will make it a show to remember.

Rehearsal Photographs:

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House and Garden by Alan Ayckbourn
Later Event: September 9
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