Saturday 3 October 2015

Barbara Windsor to unveil tribute to Joan Littlewood

Barbara Windsor is well known for her long-standing relationship with the incredible force of nature that was Joan Littlewood. Joan, of course, made waves in the late 1950s and 1960s by bringing working class actors and playwrights to the forefront of British theatre, shaking the whole scene up and changing the landscape forever.

Barbara got her big break working for Joan at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East. She starred in productions of Fings Ain't Wot They Used To Be and Sparrers Can't Sing (being nominated for a BAFTA for the film version). She worked again briefly with Joan on the infamous flop Twang! which was written by Lionel Bart.

Barbara, along with the likes Yootha Joyce, Roy Kinnear, Murray Melvin and Harry H Corbett, became a regular in Littlewood's productions and despite criticism from Joan that Barbara had sold out in later years, the two remained friends. 

Tomorrow, Sunday 4 October, Barbara and Murray will unveil a new sculpture of Joan Littlewood outside the Theatre Royal, Stratford East. The day will also include a special screening of Sparrers Can't Sing and a celebratory tea party. 

Further details can be found over at A Younger Theatre.  

£250,000 was raised to create the sculpture - here's a video of Barbara explaining why it's so important to remember the late, great Joan.

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