Director Joan Littlewood Dead at 87
Joan Littlewood, one of England's most celebrated and controversial stage directors, died in her sleep this past Friday, September 20. She was 87.
Littlewood is best known for the groundbreaking 1963 musical theater piece Oh, What a Lovely War, which she created with fellow members of a group called Theatre Workshop. A fanciful chronicle of World War I, the critically acclaimed show combined slapstick with satire, in the process establishing a brand new style of theater created through improvisation. Littlewood was also a pioneer of what has come to be known as "kitchen sink" drama.