Theater Abroad: Opening the Old Kit Bag

S.R.O. is an unfamiliar condition in London's West End, where theatergoing is a relaxed and casual matter, seats are cozy, there's tea at the interval, and no fuss or pushing. Last week at Wyndham's Theater, however, conditions were rougher. The Wyndham contained a crowd rather than an audience. Standees were pressed against all walls. They had come to see Oh What a Lovely War, a play described by the Times as "a savage humanitarian document, with all its teeth gleamingly intact".

The teeth had been put there by Producer-Director Joan Littlewood in her...

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