Great War Fiction

I’ll be moving house next week, so have been doing the final stages of an attic clear-out. Today I found something I never realised I’d kept, the programme of Oh What a Lovely War from Wyndhams Theatre, where I first saw it in 1963. It reminded me of  a thrilling evening, and the first time, I suppose, that I gave real attention to the Great War.

For sixpence in those days you got not only a list of musical numbers and a cast list (Avis Bunnage, Fanny Carby, Victor Spinetti, Murray Melvin, Brian Murphy and other Joan Littlewood regulars – the first time I had seen them on stage), but some extras, too.

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