December 7 2013 Latest news:
Kay Atwal, Chief Reporter
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Men Behaving Badly actress Caroline Quentin is to star in a production of Oh What a Lovely War at Theatre Royal Stratford East.
The satirical musical about World War I will be revived next year, 100 years after the start of the conflict. It will also be the 50th anniversary of the original production at Theatre Royal Stratford East where it premiered on March 19 1963.
The musical was created at the theatre by a team including legendary director Joan Littlewood. It will run from February 1 until March 15 2014.
The actresss is best known for her roles in the popular television series Men Behaving Badly and Jonathan Creek. She recently performed in Relative Values which was directed by Trevor Nunn for Theatre Royal Bath and new comedy series, Big Bad World.
Her other recent television credits include Dancing on the Edge, Switch and Restoration Home for the BBC, and ITV documentaries Cornwall and National Parks. Quentin’s extensive theatre credits include Pippin, Terrible Advice (Menier Chocolate Factory), Life After Scandal (Hampstead Theatre & The Drum), The London Cuckolds, Roots (National Theatre) Our Country’s Good (West End), Low Level Panic and Sugar and Spice (Royal Court). She won the 2004 British Comedy Actress Award for her performance in Life Begins, which she had previously won in 1995 for Men Behaving Badly.
She will be joined by a cast that includes Alice Bailey-Johnson, Ian Bartholomew, Oliver J. Hembrough, Rebecca Howell, Tom Lorcan, Shaun Prendergast, Zoe Rainey, Kyle Redmond-Jones and Michael Simkins.
Audiences are promised a production packed full of familiar songs from the World War I era, juxtaposing with shocking statistics from conflict and the harsh realities of war. Oh What A Lovely War is a powerful comment against war in general and its message remains relevant to modern audiences.