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Joan Littlewood sculpture to be unveiled in October

Joan Littlewood pictured in the 1970s outside Theatre Royal Stratford East. Photo: TRSE Archive Joan Littlewood pictured in the 1970s outside Theatre Royal Stratford East. Photo: TRSE Archive
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A sculpture of pioneering theatre director Joan Littlewood will be unveiled at Theatre Royal Stratford East this October.

The bronze sculpture, called The Mother of Modern Theatre, will be located in Theatre Square, next to the east London venue, which Littlewood led for 26 years.

It will be revealed on October 4, two years after it was commissioned and in the month in which Littlewood would have turned 101. She died in 2002.

TRSE artistic director Kerry Michael said: “The sculpture of Joan Littlewood will be a permanent reminder of her great contribution not just to British theatre, but to world theatre. We are proud of our history at Theatre Royal Stratford East and this is the perfect way to celebrate it.”

The statue is being created by sculptor Philip Jackson, whose recent works include a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Parliament Square and football manager Alex Ferguson for Manchester United.

Newham mayor Robin Wales described the memorial as “a fitting tribute to an inspirational director who put Theatre Royal Stratford East on the global stage”.

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