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Date set for unveiling of Joan Littlewood sculpture

PUBLISHED: 13:00 31 July 2015

A model of the sculpture of theatre director Joan Littlewood outside Theatre Royal Stratford East.

A model of the sculpture of theatre director Joan Littlewood outside Theatre Royal Stratford East.

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A sculpture to honour legendary theatre director Joan Littlewood is to be unveiled in Stratford later this year.

The photograph that the statue of Joan Littlewood is based onThe photograph that the statue of Joan Littlewood is based on

The bronze statue will be situated on a stepped stone base in Theatre Square, close to Theatre Royal Stratford East, where many of Joan’s shows were performed.

The statue will be unveiled on Sunday, October 4, – two days away from what would have been Joan’s 101st birthday.

It has been designed by Philip Jackson, whose previous work includes the ‘Champions’ statue of Sir Bobby Moore in Upton Park.

It comes after a public fundraising campaign led by actors Murray Melvin and Barbara Windsor, who worked with Joan early in their carers.

Murray Melvin said: “I’m delighted to hear that in Joan Littlewood’s birthday month of October, a sculpture by Philip Jackson will be unveiled in Theatre Square in recognition of her great contribution to the community of Stratford and theatre.”

Joan, who died in 2002, was a founding member of the Theatre Workshop which went on to achieve international fame after taking up residence at the Theatre Royal in 1953.

She championed working-class people and provided them with a voice through the staging of works such as ‘Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be’ and ‘Oh What A Lovely War’.

The sculpture is based on a photograph of Joan sitting on a pile of rubble outside the theatre and its location will aim to replicate the image.

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.”


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