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Drama Queen of England
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.