Oh what a lovely cast – book up for commemorative production at Thameside

TO commemorate the centenary of the First World War, Essex’s award winning drama society Thurrock Courts Players will this week be staging “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 later on in 1969 was turned into a comedy musical film directed by Hollywood legend 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.
A spokesperson for the company said:?“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 and Thameside Theatre’s resident Panto Dame Luke Coldham added: “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 opportunity to see this touching, entertaining show for three nights, 11 to 13 October at the Thameside. 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.