Cody Musical Theatre Company

18th-23rd September 2006

Oh What a Lovely War is a theatrical chronicle of the First World War, told through the songs and documents of the period. First performed by Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East, London in 1963, it received the acclaim of London audiences and critics. It won the Grand Prix of the Théâtre des Nations festival in Paris that year and has gone on to become a classic of the modern theatre. In 1969 a film version was made which extended the play’s popular success. The play is now on the standard reading list of schools and universities around the UK and was revived by the Royal National Theatre in 1998.

PierrotThis is an exciting and challenging show for both audience and cast. You cannot fail to be moved by the sentiments, whilst having a jolly good time watching the performance. There are great sing-along tunes – “Goodbyee”, “Tipperary” and, of course, the title song – but also moments to make you think and reflect on why we go to war and the effects upon the lives of ordinary people at that time. The show was originally devised by Joan Littlewood’s Stratford East Theatre Workshop and, with the help of Charles Chilton, the script was finalised. The action progresses through scenes that show the attitudes of the soldiers, their training and recruitment, interspersed with songs and more serious comments about war. If you like your theatre intelligent and entertaining, then this is for you! There’s lots of dancing, laughing and crying to be had in a show like this. You’d be mad to miss it.

Production Team

Creative Team

DirectorSue Sampson
Musical DirectorPaul Tickner
ChoreographerJoyce Atlee
Stage ManagerMike Davall


Cast List

Deborah OxenhamJune ThomasGary OxenhamEric McLoughlin
Lynda TaylorJane MumfordDavid MainRoger Johnson
Charlotte WalkerLucy ArmesMark BaxterChris Armes
Siân ThomasAnn–Marie JohnsonBrian McMahonTim Canfield
Catherine BaxterSuzi CanfieldTony DohertyRob Tickner
Sam BottleGiga PhillipsRon WalkerHaydn Thomas
Sarah WardAmy FletcherPhilip MumfordMartin Sampson
Lisa FletcherAnna HolmesRichard YoungSteve Woolford
Eve EarlesVanessa HigginsDarren White
Nicky StephensApril Timpson
Christine WhiteSusan Canfield
Danni StembridgeJuliette Hammond
Alex Balston
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