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Arts / Entertainment

Oh What a Lovely War Dec. 10-12

November 27, 2009

The CSU Theatre Program presents the musical, 'Oh What a Lovely War,' a play that portrays the tragic events of World War I with pathos, humor, and authentic detail. The play is said to create a clever balance between musical entertainment and documenting the heavy subject with authenticity. The play starts Dec. 3 and runs through Dec. 12.


Scene from Oh What a Lovely War, on stage now at the University Theatre, University Center of the Arts. Photo by CSU Photography.

Thursday, Dec. 3 through
Saturday, Dec. 12
University Theatre
University Center for the Arts

Colorado State University School of the Arts presents Oh What a Lovely War by Theatre Workshop, Charles Chilton and Joan Littlewood, directed by Eric Prince, with music director Bruce Burbank.

Performance dates are Dec. 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12 at 8 p.m., and Sunday Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. in the Thrust Theatre at the University Center for the Arts, 1400 Remington Street. 


  • $16 for the public
  • $14 for seniors
  • $7 for CSU students
  • $7 for youth

The play is not recommended for youth under the age of 14.

Tickets are available from the Campus Box Office in the Lory Student Center, by phone at (970) 491-4849, or online at   

Pathos, humor, and authentic detail

Oh What a Lovely War, chronicles the First World War, told through the songs, documents, and music of the time – a musical like no other, reminding us of a history that cannot be forgotten.

Now considered a classic of the modern theatre, the play presents tragic events of world importance without nostalgia or bitterness, yet with pathos, humor, and lovingly authentic detail. Oh What a Lovely War portrays a grotesque catastrophe that should never have happened.

Images, songs, and dances of WWI

Oh What a Lovely War juxtaposes realistic scenes of war with songs, humor, and pathos. Photo by CSU Photography.

Director Eric Prince, designer Price Johnston, music director Bruce Burbank, and choreographer Scott Wright collaborate on this immense project featuring stunning photos, archive images, iconic recruitment propaganda, and music, songs and dances from the time of the Great War of 1914-18.

Realistic dramatization of warfare

Warning: This production will use fog, flashing lights, and loud sound effects such as gunshots in a realistic dramatization of warfare. The play includes adult language.
Director Eric Prince recommends this musical for high school students as a component of their historical education. This production is not appropriate for young children and parental supervision for teenagers is recommended.  

War depicted in stark contrast to comedic action 

Oh What a Lovely War is a musical comedy, taking place from 1910-1920. CSU’s advanced production uses hundreds of photos and films, making it a powerful, multi-level production. Harsh war images and shocking statistics are projected in the background, providing a stark contrast with the comedic action taking place onstage. 

Contact: Jennifer Clary
Phone: (970) 491-3603