A sculpture celebrating East End theatre legend Joan Littlewood is set to be unveiled in Stratford.

The bronze figure by Philip Jackson, titled The Mother Of Modern Theatre, will be revealed in Theatre Square on October 4, 101 years after her birth.

Its location is close to Theatre Royal Stratford East (TRSE ) where she staged iconic productions including satirical First World War musical Oh What A Lovely War in 1963.

The show returned to the east London venue in 2014 to a sell-out audience.

EastEnders star Barbara Windsor and Murray Melvin – a member of Joan’s original theatre company – have helped raise funds for the sculpture.

Murray said the artwork would reflect Joan’s “great contribution to the community of Stratford and the theatre”.

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 TRSE and this is the perfect way to celebrate it.”