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The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff

Book, music & lyrics by The Young'uns

Tickets from £10

5 Stars

moving, rousing, triumphant.

The Stage

“When the world’s on fire, you mustn’t tire, something must be done.”

Featuring songs from the original album alongside new material and stunning animation, Teesside folk trio The Young’uns perform a new, theatrical version of The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff.

This is the true story of one man’s journey from poverty and unemployment in Stockton on Tees, through the Hunger Marches of the 1930s, the mass trespass movement and the Battle of Cable Street, to fighting fascism in the Spanish Civil War.

In a timely, touching and often hilarious musical adventure, follow the footsteps of a working class hero who chose not to look the other way when the world needed his help, and took part in some of the momentous events of the 1930s.

Directed by Lorne Campbell, Northern Stage presents a musical celebration of northern working class activism, following the smash-hit success of The Last Ship.

Please Note:
We are so excited to be welcoming our audiences back to Oxford Playhouse. We want to reassure you that we have implemented all the necessary measures to ensure we are a COVID-19 secure venue and operate within the government guidelines.

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All performances at Oxford Playhouse are now being sold to full capacity seating, in line with government and UK Theatre guidance. We recognise that some audience members may still feel uncomfortable attending a show which is at full capacity. Where possible, Oxford Playhouse will work with visiting producers to accommodate a number of socially distanced performances.

5 Stars

An extraordinary portrait of a working class hero.

The Observer

4 Stars

a paean to youthful idealism.

The Times