The theatre you see today is the theatre that Joan Littlewood createdSo said Stanley Reynolds in The Guardian in 1984
I couldn’t agree more.
From her earliest days Joan’s creative contributions were about exploration and change. Her own creative process was constantly adapted in order to keep any production alive and accessible.
This is according to anybody you speak to (or read about) who actually worked with her.
Joan broke up the fabric of British Theatre. She, to a certain extent, disorganised it out of it’s old forms and began an internal revolution in the theatre in the way that plays were produced.So said Harold Hobson
This is very true but in my opinion it also doesn’t go far enough. Joan’s influence on every aspect of the theatre process and on every form of theatre changed the way we work and the way in which we receive work.
Joan re-ordered our responses to the classicsSo said Professor Robert Leach during his interview for the documentary ‘In the Company of Joan’
Joan Littlewood most certainly changed the way in which classical work was produced and performed. Her vision opened a door into the world of the classics for working class actors and audiences alike.
She changed everything.