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“Oh what a lovely war” at the Thameside Theatre

TO commemorate the centenary of the First World War, Essex’s award winning Drama Society Thurrock Courts Players are underway with their upcoming production of “Oh What a lovely war”.


The musical play first hit the stage back in 1963 under the theatrical ensemble of Joan Littlewood’s theatre workshop and then in 1969 was later on turned into a comedy musical film directed by Hollywood legend Sir Richard Attenborough.

The film was a huge success with an array of stars such as; Kenneth Moore, Maggie Smith, Vanessa Redgrave and Laurence Olivier to name a few.

Audiences will be no stranger to the company that gave them the award winning production of ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ and their ever popular adult pantomimes. Thurrock Courts Players are extremely excited and honoured to be able to bring this piece of theatrical history to life through the songs and events of The Great War. The cast list is over 100+ characters with only 20 actors multi-rolling all the roles as well as performing old classics such as ‘Pack Up Your Troubles’, ‘Hitchy Koo’ and ‘Keep The Home Fires Burning’.

Musical Director & Thameside Theatre’s resident Panto Dame Luke Coldham said, “I have been with the group for over 15 years now and this production is by far the largest scale Thurrock Courts Players have ever taken on. For a dramatic society to tackle a musical has been very challenging but absolutely rewarding. All the cast are sounding amazing and the show is a rollercoaster of emotions”.

Audiences have the rare opportunity to see this touching, entertaining show for three nights, 11th-13th October 2018, at the Thameside Theatre.

All details can be found on the Thameside Theatre website, or to book your tickets you can call the Company box office on: 07475 634 474.


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