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Major revival of Oh What a Lovely War comes to Eastbourne this autumn

Oh What a Lovely War comes to Devonshire Park Theatre this month (Photo: Submitted)
Oh What a Lovely War comes to Devonshire Park Theatre this month (Photo: Submitted)

Renowned touring theatre company, Blackeyed Theatre, are bringing their major revival of Oh What a Lovely War to Eastbourne from 31 October until 4 November. This epic production marks the 60th anniversay of Joan Littlewood's classic antiwar musical and is touring the UK throughout the Autumn and Winter.

Conceived and developed by Joan Littlewood and her Theatre Workshop in 1963, Oh What a Lovely War remains a cornerstone of modern musical theatre and one of the greatest stage satires. The musical features famous songs including Pack Up Your Troubles and It's a Long Way to Tipperary, alongside razor-sharp wit and high jinks, offering a satirical account of the First World War as seen through the eyes of the common soldier.

The show is a hilarious and 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, Oh What a Lovely War holds a mirror up to the world.

Blackeyed Theatre's revival places the action in a circus, highlighting the absurdity, labour and danger that are tied into war. The highly visual production has immersive elements, bringing this classic musical vividly to life.

Oh What a Lovely War stars Christopher Arkeston (Only Fools and Horses: The Musical), Rose Bruford graduate Tom Crabtree, Harry Curley (Once), Alice E Mayer (Frankenstein), Chioma Uma (Kiss Me Kate) and Euan Wilson (The Great Gatsby). The director is Nicky Allpress, with musical direction by Ellie Verkerk and movement direction by Adam Haigh.

Oh What a Lovely War is at Devonshire Park Theatre from 31 October - 4 November before continuing its nation-wide tour.