A Curve and De Montfort University Co-production

Oh What a
Lovely War

Thu 19 - Sat 21 May 2022



Our annual Made at Curve and De Montfort University co-production returns to the stage with this new version of Joan Littlewood’s pioneering satirical masterpiece, Oh! What a Lovely War.

Inspired by Charles Chilton’s radio play The Long Long Trail, the musical was first performed at the Theatre Royal Stratford East in 1963. Now, an ensemble cast from the university’s Drama BA (Hons) course will follow in the footsteps of the original Theatre Workshop company, examining the true costs of the Great War through the lens of a seaside music hall revue.

Featuring wartime classics It’s A Long Way to Tipperary and Good-bye-eeOh! What a Lovely War is hilarious and harrowing in equal measure. Pack up your troubles in your old kit-bag and join us in paying tribute to the scores of soldiers who fought for our nation.

Running time: 2 hours and 35mins (including a 20 min interval)


We’re delighted to offer a Learning Resource around our latest Made at Curve and De Montfort University co-production of Oh What a Lovely War, designed to complement your lessons both in the classroom and online.

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Thu 19 May, 6pm – 6.45pm | RR2 | Free

Oh What a Lovely War is considered to be pivotal in the shaping of contemporary British Theatre and the legacy of Joan Littlewood and the Theatre Workshop. Almost 60 years on from the original production, how have attitudes and approaches to the play changed? What has influenced making this production in the time we now find ourselves in?

Join academics from the Drama team at De Montfort University and the creatives of the play in discussion with Dr Tom Cornford in a 45-minute pre-show event that will explore these questions and more.

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£16 – £10

Under 16s
£10 16-26 yrs and/or Students (with a free 16-26 & Student Membership), and Curve Connect
241 tickets for Friends & Supporters on Thu 19 May, 7.15pm
15% off
for Members

*Discounts are subject to availability and may be removed at any time. Only valid on certain performances - terms and conditions apply.

Credits & Acknowledgments

This amateur production of OH! WHAT A LOVELY WAR is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd. www.concordtheatricals.co.uk

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