Oh What a Lovely War

Original London Production (1963)

Musical Numbers

Act One

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  • [Overture]*
  • Row Row Row
  • We don't want to lose you
  • Belgium put the Kibosh on the Kaiser
  • Medley ? Are we downhearted, It's a long way to TIpperary, Hold your hand out Naughty Boy
  • I'll make a man of you
  • Pack up your troubles
  • Itchykoo
  • Heilige nacht
  • Christmas day in the cookhouse
  • Goodbye?ee

Act Two

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  • Oh What a Lovely War
  • Gassed last night
  • Roses of Picardy
  • Hush here comes a Whizzbang
  • There's a long long trail
  • I don't want to be a soldier
  • Kaiser Bill
  • They were only playing leapfrog
  • Old soldiers never die
  • If you want the old batallion
  • If the sergeant steals your rum
  • Far far from wipers
  • I wore a tunic
  • Forward Joe Soap's Army
  • Fred Karno's Army
  • When this lousy war is over
  • Wash me in the water
  • I want to go home
  • The Bells of Hell
  • Keep the home fires burning
  • Sister Susie's sewing shirts
  • Finale (Chanson de Craonne / I don't want to be a soldier / And when they ask us)

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Trivia & History

According to a BBC article, the family of Field Marshal Douglas Haig objected to what they felt was a crudely mocking portrayal of him in the show and tried to prevent the show from moving to a West End run after its run at Stratford East. Cast member Victor Spinetti remembered a performance that Princess Margaret attended in the company of Lord Cobbold, who was the Lord Chamberlain. In that capacity, he was the official censor of theatrical productions, and he could have prevented the move.

According to Spinetti, "Afterwards Princess Margaret came backstage and said 'Well Miss Littlewood those things should have been said many years ago - don't you agree, Lord Cobbold?' He gave a thin smile and said 'Oh yes ma'am'. And Joan knew that was our permission to go into the West End."

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