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Oh! What A Lovely War

by Joan Littlewood and the Theatre Workshop


Hong Kong Players were delighted to present this legendary musical, which took the West end by storm in 1963, and which was the basis for the 1969 Richard Attenborough film.  The show sold strongly and the Hong Kong Players were pleased to receive excellent notices and feedback.

Through the use of archival news footage & historical photographs, dialogue taken from first-person accounts and WWI-era songs, Oh, What a Lovely War satirised the madness of war, blending humour and pathos to create an unforgettable night of theatre. This production commemorated the centenary of the outbreak of World War One.

Show dates & Venue

Dates Venue
Wed, 25 June – Sat 28 June, 2014
Shouson Theatre,
Hong Kong Arts Centre
2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai


(in alphabetical order)

Jane Archibald
Bethia Atkinson
Stephen Bolton
Hamish Campbell
Maurice Conway
Nick Deal
Terry Hart
Chris Hill
John Leighton

Donald MacCallum
Moe Moss
Kath O’Connor
Nicky Parrington
Charlie Pepper
Neville Sarony
Peter Shadbolt
Linden Wint


Piano Chris Morley
Double Bass Michael Bradley
Drums Dan Cohen


Production Team

Director Jodi Gilchrist
Musical Director Andrew Swift
Produce/assistant Director Teri Fitsell
Set & Lighting Designer Ian Pratley
Costume Designer Charlotte Smith
Make-Up Leena Lempinen, Fiona McManus
Stage Manager Adrian Davis
Deputy Stage Manager Katy Forse
Assistant Stage Manager Karly Cox
Props Manager Kath O’Connor
Sound Effects Adam Harris
Publicity Ewen Campbell
Programme Manager Candice Caalsen
Schools Liaison Adam Walker
Poster Design Matt Leonheart
Photography Michael Perini




Abigail’s Party

by Mike Leigh

Abigail's PartyWhere and When

McAulay Studio, Hong Kong Arts Centre
26 Feb – 1 Mar 2014


It was a time of kaftans, Cinzano Bianco, water shortages and Demis Roussos; it was a time when cheese and pineapple on sticks was considered exotic; and it was a time when England’s newly middle-class was emerging. They wanted possessions, they wanted standing in the community, they wanted . . . taste.

Welcome to the world of Beverly – possibly the original “Essex girl” – who is having some neighbours over to her suburban semi for a bit of a do. As well as Bev’s much put-upon husband Laurence, the guests are married couple Ange and Tone, and neighbour Susan, who’s only here to escape her punk daughter Abigail’s party. It’s a very small gathering, which might make for a cosy affair, but which also means there’s nowhere to hide.

Mike Leigh’s award-winning 1977 play is by turns hilarious and excruciating as it mercilessly sends up the aspirations of England’s new middle class. It gained cult status when it first came out and remains a perennial favourite. Under the inspired direction of Jodi Gilchrist (The Graduate, Pride & Prejudice), Abigail’s Party is guaranteed to bring both a grin and a grimace to your face.



Beverly Moe Moss
Laurence Chris Guinness
Ange Kath O’Connor
Tony Jim Lewis
Susan Gail Harban


Production Team

Director Jodi Gilchrist
Assistant Director / Stage Manager Sarah Kidd
Producer / Publicity Manager Teri Fitsell
Set Design / Lighting Ian Pratley
Costumes Clare Stearns