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Iconic theatre director’s sculpture to be unveiled in Stratford

PUBLISHED: 12:00 27 September 2015

A model of  a sculpture of theatre director Joan Littlewood is displayed outside Theatre Royal Stratford East.

A model of a sculpture of theatre director Joan Littlewood is displayed outside Theatre Royal Stratford East.

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Actors and artists will be heading to Theatre Royal Stratford East next Sunday for the unveiling of a sculpture of legendary theatre director, Joan Littlewood.

The long-awaited statue was funded through a campaign led by actors Murray Melvin and Barbara Windsor, who worked with Joan early in their careers.

The ceremony will take place just two days before what would have been Joan’s 101st birthday.

International artist Philip Jackson, was been commission to create the bronze sculpture, which will be placed in Theatre Square – close to Theatre Royal Stratford East.

Kerry Michael, Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Stratford East said: “The sculpture of Joan Littlewood will be a permanent reminder of her great contribution not just to British Theatre, but to World Theatre.

“We are proud of our history at Theatre Royal Stratford East and this is the perfect way to celebrate it.”

Joan, who died in 2002, is best known for her part in developing the Theatre Workshop which went on to achieve international fame after taking up residence at the Theatre Royal in 1953.

­­­Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, added: “This memorial will be a fitting tribute to an inspirational director who put Theatre Royal Stratford East on the global stage.”

The full-day event will begin at 11am with the unveiling of the statue and will also include a garden tea-party.

Visit stratfordeast.com for more information.


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