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Oh what a lovely war is a theatrical chronicle of the first world war told through the songs and documents of the period devised and first performed by joan littlewoods theatre workshop at the theatre royal stratford east london in 1963 it received the acclaim of london audiences and critics it won the grand prix of the thtre des nations festival in paris that year and has gone on . Oh what a lovely war is a 1969 british comedy and musical film directed by richard attenborough in his directorial debut with an ensemble cast including maggie smith dirk bogarde john gielgud john mills kenneth more laurence olivier jack hawkins corin redgrave michael redgrave vanessa redgrave ralph richardson ian holm paul shelley malcolm mcfee jean pierre cassel nanette . Oh what a lovely war is an epic musical developed by joan littlewood and her ensemble at the theatre workshop in 1963 it is a satire on world war i and by extension on war in generalthe title is derived from the somewhat satirical music hall song oh its a lovely war which is one of the major numbers in the production. Synopsis oh what a lovely war was first performed at the theatre royal stratford east london on march 19 1963 the idea for a satirical critique of the first world war emerged out of joan littlewoods theatre workshop and it was developed by littlewood her partner greg raffles charles chilton and the cast. This is the student edition which includes commentary notes for the regular edition oh what a lovely war click here browse script finder discounts submissions search cart modern british top bestsellers top downloads top american plays top british plays top one act plays top comedy plays