The famed 1963 musical Oh What a Lovely War has its roots in over a century of popular music and soldiers’ songs
In early 2014, the Theatre Royal Stratford East presented a revival of Oh! What a Lovely War, Joan Littlewood's famous musical about the First World War. Michael Codner looks back at the musical's sources, with an overview of a century of popular music and soldiers’ songs, recalling both their humour and their bleakness.
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Senior Associate Fellow for Military History