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Oh, What a Lovely War! See the ever-popular war game with songs, jokes and a few battles in Ilfracombe

See the ever-popular war game with songs, jokes and a few battles!

Studio Theatre’s production of Oh, What a Lovely War! at the Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe, North Devon combines the songs that united the ordinary soldiers of the Great War with a wry look at the politicians and officers in charge of the carnage.

Set as a pierrot show, projected images and shocking statistics of the war on the Western Front contrast with the comedy action taking place on the stage in this 1960s satire which achieved West End success.

Throughout the action the ensemble cast sing well-known songs including Belgium Put the Kaibosh on the Kaiser, Hold Your Hand Out
You Naughty Boy, Goodbye-ee, Row Row Row, I’ll Make a Man of You, It’s a Long Way to Tipperary, Christmas Day in the Cookhouse, Sister Susie’s Sewing Shirts for Soldiers and Oh, It’s a Lovely War, many with humorous lyrics adapted by the soldiers in the trenches.

See the volunteers struggle to learn combat drill, watch the Tommies mingle with their German counterparts during the Christmas ‘truce’ and gape at the great European nations as their monarchs, politicians and generals stumble into the morass resulting in four years of pointless trench warfare.

First staged in 1963 and devised by Joan Littlewood and the Theatre Workshop, Oh, What a Lovely War! was influenced by the late Alan Clark’s military history ‘The Donkeys’ as well as by ‘The Good Soldier Svejk’ by Czech humourist Jasoslav Hasek.

Studio Theatre’s cast of 20 share the roles of soldiers, nurses, monarchs, generals, officers, secret police and more from the pre-war empires of Europe, accompanied on the joanna by Mike Riley and commanded from the safety of the auditorium by director Lee Baxendale.

Thursday 5 & Friday 6 November 2009, 7.45pm

Call the box office on 01271 324242 or book online at northdevontheatres.org.uk

Visit studiotheatreonline.org.uk for full details

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When You’re Smiling II @ Landmark Pavilion, Ilfracombe, North Devon

When Youre Smiling II @ Landmark Pavilion

When You're Smiling II @ Landmark Pavilion

Studio Theatre recreates film, radio comedy and musical stars who kept Britain smiling through the war years in a fast-moving tribute show.

Family fun and laughter in a cabaret-style setting at the Landmark Pavilion, Ilfracombe, North Devon.

Monday 3 August 2009
Monday 10 August 2009
Monday 17 August 2009
Monday 24 August 2009

Tickets: £7.

Book When You’re Smiling II online or call the Landmark box office to book on 01271 324242.

See details of all Studio Theatre’s summer productions at studiotheatreonline.org.uk.

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Summer Showtime in Ilfracombe

Small Pond Productions' Summer Showtime @ The Landmark Pavilion, Ilfracombe, North DevonThe perfect holiday night out for the whole family

After its success with The Vicar of Dibley, Small Pond Productions returns with a brand new weekly Monday-night summer show.

Packed with toe-tapping show-tunes, mystical magic and cheeky seaside comedy, Summer Showtime also features a live band plus a full-supporting company and is a truly great night out for all the family to enjoy.

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When You’re Smiling in North Devon

Studio Theatre's production of When You're Smiling at the Landmark Theatre & Pavilion, Ilfracombe & Combe Martin, Pilton & Berrynarbor, North Devon

When You’re Smiling, devised by Mike Bennett, is a bubbling summer mix of song, dance and comedy celebrating the stars of the 1940s with performances by Studio Theatre at the Landmark Pavilion and across North Devon.

Laugh at the comedy and listen to the songs of Vera Lynn, Rob Wilton, Flanagan & Allen, Gert & Daisy, the Andrews Sisters, Marlene Dietrich, Max Miller, Groucho Marx, Anne Shelton and Stanley Holloway.

Catch When You’re Smiling @

  • Saturday 26th July – Landmark Pavilion, Ilfracombe
  • Friday 1st August – Combe Martin Village Hall
  • Friday 8th August – Woolacombe Village Hall
  • Saturday 9th August – Landmark Pavilion, Ilfracombe
  • Friday 15th August – Pilton Church Hall
  • Saturday 16th August – Landmark Pavilion, Ilfracombe

All performances start at 8.15pm.

Tickets are £7 on the door or Landmark Pavilion tickets can be reserved from the box office on 01271 324242 or book online at www.northdevontheatres.org.uk.

Tickets for other venues available from Combe Martin & Woolacombe Tourist Information Centres.

More details at www.studiotheatreonline.org.uk.

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