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Blackeyed Theatre in association with South Hill Park presents the 60th Anniversary Tour of

Joan Littlewood’s Musical Entertainment

Oh What A Lovely War

By Theatre Workshop, Charles Chilton, Gerry Raffles and members of the Original Cast 

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.

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.

Exclusive Offer for Schools
All tickets just £14.50 PLUS 1 Teacher FREE for every 10 students! For School bookings/reservations, please call 01268 205 300 or email

For Workshop/Q&A/Participation Session enquiries, please contact our Participation Co-Ordinator on

7th May 2024 - 8th May 2024

Tickets from £14.50

Recommended for ages 11+

Running time approx 2 hours 20 minutes

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Choose date and time:

Tuesday 7th May7:30 pm
Wednesday 8th May1:30 pm7:30 pm


Director Nicky Allpress
Musical Director Ellie Verkerk
Movement Director Adam Haigh

Reviews for Oh What A Lovely War (2011 production)

“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… Any assumption that Oh! What a Lovely War is a period piece is shot to shrapnel. Forty years on, we need Littlewood’s vision more than ever. Blackeyed Theatre restore it to us with astonishing power. Catch it if you can”
The Stage

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

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