Oh What a Lovely War
From 7:30PM, Thursday, March 28, 2024 to 7:30PM, Saturday, March 30, 2024
Venue: Darlington Hippodrome
Blackeyed Theatre in association with South Hill Park Arts Centre 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. “One of the most innovative, audacious companies working in contemporary English theatre” The Stage Reviews of Blackeyed Theatre’s 2011 production of Oh What A Lovely War: “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 Director - Nicky Allpress Musical Director - Ellie Verkerk Movement Director – Adam Haigh Age suitability - 11+ --- Schools and Groups Offer - £15 per ticket (inc levy) for groups of 10+. - Free teacher ticket for each 10 booked. --- LUCKY HIPPS Take a lucky dip on where you sit with a LUCKY HIPP ticket for just £15. These tickets are limited, so book as soon as you can. Book over the phone or counter, or if you are booking online, instead of choosing your seats from the plan, select the Lucky Hipp button. 72 hours before the performance, you'll be allocated a full-view seat in the stalls or dress circle. All seats in your booking will be allocated together. Simple as that!
Running time: 140 minutes (approx.)