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The cast of Miss Littlewood, which opens at the Swan Theatre in June.
The cast of Miss Littlewood, which opens at the Swan Theatre in June.

MISS Littlewood, a new musical about theatre director, Joan Littlewood, opens at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon on 22nd June.

With book, music and lyrics by Sam Kenyon and directed by RSC deputy artistic director, Erica Whyman, Miss Littlewood tells the story of the anarchic revolutionary of 20th century theatre.

Born into poverty, Joan Littlewood raged her way to have lasting influence on British culture.

Anti-establishment, communist, visionary, rude and glorious, Joan fired the imagination of a generation.

Her unique Theatre Workshop was responsible for a raft of successes including Oh, What A Lovely War!, A Taste of Honey and The Hostage, and breathed new life into the then-derelict Theatre Royal Stratford East.

This new musical of Joan’s life story, told with her own uncompromising candour, reveals a mighty love story at its heart.

Clare Burt makes her RSC debut in the title role. Her recent theatre credits include: The Divide (Old Vic at Edinburgh International Festival) and Flowers for Mrs Harris (Sheffield Crucible, Chichester Festival Theatre Autumn 2018), and has also appeared on TV recently in Tina and Bobby (ITV), Cuffs (BBC) and Top Boy (Channel 4).

Aretha Ayeh, Sandy Foster, Amanda Hadingue, Dawn Hope, Emily Johnstone and Sophia Nomvete will play the part of Joan at different stages of her life.

The cast also includes Daisy Badger (Rosalie), Greg Barnett (Jimmie Miller/Cedric Price), Laura Elsworthy (Shelagh Delaney), Solomon Israel (Gerry Raffles), Natasha Lewis and Tam Williams (Murray Melvin).

Sam Kenyon composed music for the RSC’s Vice Versa (2017), A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation (2016), and The Christmas Truce (2014). And in 2010, with Erica Whyman, he co-directed Joan Littlewood’s Oh! What a Lovely War for Northern Stage/national tour.

Miss Littlewood is developed in collaboration with Theatre Royal Stratford East, and is designed by Tom Piper. Lighting is by Charles Balfour, sound by Jonathan Ruddick, movement by Lucy Hind, and video by Nina Dunn.

To be in with a chance of winning one of four pairs of tickets that we have for the 7.30pm performance at The Swan on Thursday, 19th July, pick up a copy of the current edition of the Stratford-upon-Avon Herald. The closing date for entries is noon on 6th June.

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