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Oh What a Lovely War

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

6 - 9 March

From £10

The Round

2h 20m (including interval)

About

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.

Brimming 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.

Age guidance: 11+

★★★★ "A terrifyingly adept company of six actor-musos walks and talks us through the genesis, mishandling and long cruelty of the war at a mile a minute..." What's On Stage

★★★★★ "What makes this production a triumph, apart from the wonderful material, is the performances of the six-strong cast who not only portray a number of roles but also play an array of various instruments, changing from one to another seamlessly." London Theatre 1

★★★★ "Still carrying emotional weight in its anti-war message told by its stunning direction and phenomenal six-piece cast, it showcases the horrors and ridiculousness of a moment in history that we could learn one or two things from now." Broadway World

★★★★★ "Rarely have I seen so much talent in a small space and never have I seen six actors work so hard, although – with commensurate professionalism – they make it look effortless. One of the best shows I’ve seen in months. See it if you possibly can." Musical Theatre Review

★★★★ "This contemporary revival is rich, dark and impactful - one of the most unique shows I have seen this year. If you enjoy vibrant, dark and emotive theatre, then you will certainly enjoy this excellent revival." Theatre & Tonic

★★★★★ "Spoiler alert, it’s brilliant and you should absolutely go and see it..." A Youngish Perspective

Credits

By Joan Littlewood

Director - Nicky Allpress

Musical Director - Ellie Verkerk

Movement Director – Adam Haigh

Cast

Tom Benjamin

Tom Crabtree

Harry Curley

Alice E Mayer

Chioma Uma

Euan Wilson

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Dates

Wednesday

6th March

7:30pm

From £10

Thursday

7th March

1:30pm

From £10

Thursday

7th March

7:30pm

From £10

Friday

8th March

7:30pm

From £10

Saturday

9th March

2:30pm

From £10

Saturday

9th March

7:30pm

From £10

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Re-sales & exchanges: We must have the ticket at the Box Office in order to perform a re-sale or exchange. We regret we cannot refund money but four or more days prior to the performance we will exchange it for an alternative performance, within three days of the performance we will attempt to re-sell the ticket on your behalf. Both services are subject to a charge of £1.50 per ticket. Latecomers: Anyone arriving once the performance has begun will not be admitted until a suitable break which, on occasion, may be the interval. Content: Where possible we do indicate if strong language and/or adult content is used. Customers are advised to contact the Box Office with any concerns before booking tickets. Please note: the re-sale of tickets is prohibited.

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