Joan Littlewood sculpture unveiled outside Theatre Royal Stratford East

Joan Littlewood sculpture by Theatre Royal Stratford East, London. Photo: Robert Day
Joan Littlewood sculpture by Theatre Royal Stratford East, London. Photo: Robert Day
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A sculpture honouring theatre director Joan Littlewood has been unveiled outside Theatre Royal Stratford East.

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

Barbara Windsor attending the unveiling of the statue of Joan Littlewood. Photo: Robert Day
Barbara Windsor at the unveiling. Photo: Robert Day

It was 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.

Guests who attended the unveiling included Barbara Windsor and Ian McKellen.

Theatre Royal Stratford East 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 sculpture was created by Philip Jackson. In November 2013, a public fundraising campaign was launched to raise money for the sculpture.

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