Hit musical packed with WWI songs

Oh What A Lovely War
Oh What A Lovely War

Following a sold-out run in spring 2014, Terry Johnson’s hit revival of Oh! What a Lovely War visits Theatre Royal Brighton from Tuesday to Saturday, April 7 to 11, as part of a national tour.

The show starts at 7.45pm with 2.30pm matinees on Thursday and Saturday.

Oh! What a Lovely War, a satirical musical about World War I, originally premiered at Theatre Royal Stratford East in 1963.

Joan Littlewood adapted the play from Charles Chilton’s work for radio through her company Theatre Workshop. It was an immediate hit, transferring to the West End in June 1963, opening on Broadway in 1964 and receiving four Tony Award nominations including Best Musical.

The musical is packed with familiar songs from the World War I era including ‘It’s a Long Way to Tipperary’, ‘Pack up Your Troubles’ and ‘Keep the Home Fires Burning’. The songs are performed against a projected backdrop of images and shocking statistics conveying the harsh realities of war.

Ian Reddington (Eastenders, Coronation Street) and Christopher Villiers (Emmerdale) will join Wendi Peters, best known for her role as Cilla Battersby in Coronation Street, in the ensemble cast.

Ian Reddington is one of very few actors to have played major roles in Eastenders and Coronation Street, alongside his many stage credits. He played Richard ‘Tricky Dickie’ Cole in Eastenders, and hapless drummer Vernon Tomlin in Coronation Street.

Christopher Villiers’ credits include three years in Emmerdale as Grayson Sinclair, as well as Hobson’s Choice, Twelfth Night and The Winslow Boy (Bolton Octagon).

Terry Johnson has won nine British theatre awards including Olivier Awards for Best Comedy and Playwright of the Year. In 2010 he won the Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical for La Cage aux Folles.

The Ensemble cast includes: Emma Crossley, Marcus Ellard, Alex Giannini, Richard Glaves, Lauren Hood, Alice Bailey Johnson, William Oxborrow, Mark Prendergast, Neil Stewart and Bleu Woodward.

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