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A modern classic brought to Chatham stage

Date: 22/09/2008           Category: Arts and Libraries

The Central Theatre’s drama season continues next month with a powerful reminder of the atrocities of the First World War. Ninety years on from the Armistice, Oh What a Lovely War! remains a classic of modern theatre, told through the songs and documents of the period. At turns satirical, funny and deeply moving, the play has a style all of its own, combining live music, dance and sketches to create a picture of life for those on the front line and those behind it. Created and first performed by Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop in 1963, it received the acclaim of London audiences and critics, and won the Grand Prix of the Theatre des Nations festival in Paris the same year. In 1969, Oh What a Lovely War! was immortalised on the silver screen by Sir Richard Attenborough, whose star-studded film version brought the play worldwide recognition. Oh What a Lovely War! will be performed at The Central Theatre by acclaimed drama company Blackeyed Theatre, from Monday, 20 to Wednesday, 22 October at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £16 and £14 and are available from the box office on 01634 338338 or online at www.medway.gov.uk/theatrebooking ENDS Editors: For further information please contact Lisa Caleno on 01634 338308 or email lisa.caleno@medway.gov.uk