Oh What a Lovely War

by  Ted Allan, Charles Chilton, Joan Littlewood, Gerry Raffles

Full Length Musical, Drama  /  11m, 4f

The scheme for a chronicle of the First World War, told through songs and documents in the form of a seaside pierrot entertainment of the period, was devised and presented by Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East.  Published by Methuen in two editions: the standard edition, and the Student Edition, which contains the same text but also has additional pages of introduction, notes and commentary.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    11m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
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  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

The scheme for a chronicle of the First World War, told through songs and documents in the form of a seaside pierrot entertainment of the period, was devised and presented by Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East, London, in 1963. It was the result of close co-operation between writer, actors and director, where the whole team participated in detailed research into the period and in the creative task of bringing their material to life in theatrical terms. It won the acclaim of audiences and critics and the Grand Prix of the Theatre des Nations festival in Paris in 1963 and has become a classic of the modern theatre. Perusal material available. Restrictions apply.
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Keywords

Death, Politics, War

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Outdoor
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
  • Youth/Camp Programs
  • Tours

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1910s / WWI
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: Various simple settings

Music

  • Vocal Demands: Easy
  • Orchestra Size: Medium

Casting

11m, 4f
A variety of characters
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  • Expandable casting

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Full Package

The music songs and parodies of songs from the First World War
Orchestration (on hire)
Flute/Doubling Clarinet
Baritone Sax/Doubling Clarinet
Baritone Sax/Doubling Clarinet
Trumpet
Bass
Percussion
2 Piano/Conductor scores

20 Chorus books

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Authors

Ted Allan

Ted Allan

Charles Chilton

Charles Chilton

Joan Littlewood

Joan Littlewood

Gerry Raffles

Gerry Raffles

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