Drama Queen of England

Drama Queen of England

2 Episodes

Dubbed the “mother of modern theater,” iconoclastic director Joan Littlewood revolutionized the British stage with her groundbreaking experimental production of the stinging World War I musical satire OH! WHAT A LOVELY WAR—which was subsequently turned into an acclaimed film directed by Richard Attenborough with an all-star cast including Maggie Smith, Dirk Bogarde, John Gielgud, and Laurence Olivier. The only film directed by Littlewood, SPARROWS CAN’T SING is a vivid, freewheeling portrait of East End London in the 1960s that displays the same improvisational spirit and commitment to working-class authenticity that distinguished her stage work.

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Drama Queen of England
  • Oh! What a Lovely War

    Episode 1

    Directed by Richard Attenborough • 1969 • United Kingdom
    Starring Maggie Smith, Dirk Bogarde, Laurence Olivier

    The generation-decimating tragedy of World War I is envisioned as a sprawling, bitterly ironic music-hall spectacle in Richard Attenborough’s kaleidoscopic adaptation of Charles Chil...

  • Sparrows Can’t Sing

    Episode 2

    Directed by Joan Littlewood • 1963 • United Kingdom
    Starring James Booth, Barbara Windsor, Roy Kinnear

    The only film directed by trailblazing experimental theater director Joan Littlewood is a slangy, evocative portrait of 1960s East End London in which the marital tensions between a just-back-f...