Wendi Peters leads cast in satirical war musical

War timed based musical Oh What a Lovely War is set to be performed at Manchester Opera House from Tuesday 24th until Saturday 28th February 2015.

The production, directed by multiple Olivier Award-winner Terry Johnson, is now on a national tour, just over 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War. Having opened at the Theatre Royal Stratford East in February 2014, this production has received public and critical acclaim.

The satirical musical about the First World War is filled with familiar songs from the time of the First World War, including It’s A Long Way to Tipperary, Pack Up Your Troubles and Keep the Home Fires Burning, which will be performed against a projected backdrop of images and statistics conveying the realities of war.

Oh What a Lovely War received its original premier at Theatre Royal Stratford East in 1963, having been adapted by Joan Littlewood from the play by Charles Chilton. An immediate hit, it was soon transferred to the West End in June 1963, before opening on Broadway in 1964 and receiving four Tony Award nominations including Best Musical.

Leading the cast are Wendi Peters (best known for her portrayal of Cilla Battersby in Coronation Street) and Ian Reddington, whose credits include Coronation Street, Eastenders and theatre productions including the 1979 run of Oh What a Lovely War at the Bristol Old Vic as well as roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Oh What a Lovely War is being performed at Manchester Opera House from Tuesday 24th to Saturday 28th February 2015, tickets priced £10-£35.

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