Book, music and lyrics by Sam Kenyon
Directed by Hannah Chissick


Anti-establishment, visionary, rude and glorious, Joan Littlewood fired the imagination of a generation. Based on her life story, Sam Kenyon’s musical charts the emotional highs and lows of Joan’s journey from the East End to the West End.

Joan Littlewood was the anarchic revolutionary of 20th-century theatre. Her unique Theatre Workshop was responsible for a raft of successes including Oh, What A Lovely War!, and breathed new life into the Theatre Royal Stratford East.

Told with her own uncompromising honesty, this musical reveals a mighty love story at its heart. Miss Littlewood premiered in the Swan Theatre in summer 2018.

Rehearsed entirely on Zoom during lockdown, this abridged film version has been developed in direct collaboration with the writer.

This film contains some strong language.

Image: BorisRabtsevich

Aaron Bladen Jimmie Miller, Cedric Price, Robert Littlewood

Juliette Bull Joan 3 and 5, Avis Bunnage, Kate Littlewood, Nick

Elizabeth Chalmers Joan 1, Barbara Young, Young Woman, Barbara Windsor, Lionel Bart, Howard

Alice Hoult Joan 4 and 6, Old Woman, Jean Newlove, Murray

Stephanie Lindo Rosalie

Khadija Sallet Joan Littlewood, The Arts Council, Usherette

Samuel Sarpong-Broni Gerry Raffles, Frank Norman, Hal Prince

Meesha Turner Joan 2, Caroline Em, Pearl Turner, Shelagh Delaney

Seren Nickson violin

Cathryn Jenkins viola

Joseph Keenan cello

Hannah Corcoran flute/alto saxophone

Daniel Latham clarinet

Zoë Perkins trumpet

Hannah Stell trombone

Louis Moisan guitar

Jonathan Phillips drums

Jonathan Mayers bass

Sam Kenyon Writer and composer

Hannah Chissick Director

Tarek Merchant Musical Director

Chris Whittaker Choreographer

Louis Berry Director of Photography and Video Editor

Mike Walker Recording and Sound Editor

Hope Brennan Sound Assistant

Marcus Albertsen First Assistant Camera

Toby Leary First Assistant Camera

Matt Watkins Stage Manager

Michael 'Skip' Francis Production Manager

Faye Hetherington and Rob Pearce Production Crew

Daniel Bowling Executive Producer/Head of Musical Theatre

David Anderson Supervising Producer/Production Manager

Mark Warman Supervising Audio Consultant

Katie Blumenblatt Company Manager

Louise Flew Assistant Company Manager

Gillian Schofield Events Manager

Murray Richmond Orchestra Manager

We’re deeply grateful to everyone who supported us through this crazy year, especially Disney Theatrical Productions, Dianne Roberts and the Graham and Dianne Roberts Charitable Settlement, the Maria Björnson Memorial Fund, The Mackintosh Foundation and the Toni V Fell Musical Charitable Trust. We couldn’t have done this without you.


James Haddrell and the team at Greenwich Theatre
VLT Legal
Sam Oladeinde

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