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Miss Littlewood at the RSC first look photos

The musical is based on the life of the iconic director

Clare Burt in Miss Littlewood
© RSC, photos by Topher McGrillis

Photos have been released offering a first look at the RSC's production of Miss Littlewood, a new musical based on the life of iconic director Joan Littlewood.

The musical follows Littlewood's life, born into poverty before emerging as one of the greatest directors of the twentieth century, responsible for shows including Oh, What A Lovely War!, A Taste of Honey and The Hostage and revitalising Theatre Royal Stratford East.


Erica Whyman directs, with design by Tom Piper, lighting by Charles Balfour, musical supervision and orchestration by Sarah Travis, musical direction by Tarek Merchant and sound by Jonathan Ruddick.

The cast for the show includes Clare Burt, who most recently appeared in Big Fish and will star in the revival Flowers for Mrs Harris this autumn, with Aretha Ayeh (Love Me Tender), Sandy Foster (The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich), Amanda Hadingue (A Pacifist's Guide to the War on Cancer), Dawn Hope (Follies), Emily Johnstone (The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich) and Sophia Nomvete (The Wind in the Willows) also taking on the role of the director at various stages of her life.

Further casting includes Daisy Badger (The Archers, The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich) as Rosalie, Greg Barnett (The School for Scandal) as Jimmie Miller/Cedric Price, Laura Elsworthy (The Hypocrite) as Shelagh Delaney, Solomon Israel (The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich) as Gerry Raffles, Natasha Lewis (Priscilla Queen of the Desert) and Tam Williams (Sunny Afternoon) as Murray Melvin.