Tuesday 24th February 2015 to Saturday 28th February 2015
Photos by Steve Beeston Photography
The great British musical Oliver! has entertained the world for over 50 years and become one of the West End's most loved shows, thanks to numerous revivals with first rate performers. Written by Lionel Bart the show is based on the novel by Charles Dickens and follows the plucky Oliver Twist in his plight around Victorian London.
Oliver Twist is a young boy who lives in a workhouse with other orphaned boys. When Oliver disrupts a meal by asking for more, he is sold to a local undertaker and his family. They treat Oliver horribly and make him sleep under the coffins. Oliver escapes and runs off to Paddington Green, where he quickly befriends another young boy, the Artful Dodger. Dodger takes him to his home, an academy for orphans who learn how to be pick-pockets run by a kind, yet slightly sinister, old gentleman named Fagin. Oliver is also introduced to Nancy Sikes, a lovable young woman, and Bet, Nancy's best friend. When Oliver goes on his first pick-pocketing job, he is caught by the police. The man that Oliver thieved, Mr. Brownlow, learns of Oliver's sad past and brings him into his own home. Meanwhile, Nancy's husband (the villainous Bill Sikes) worries that Oliver will tell Mr. Brownlow and the police where the thieves live. He forces Nancy and Bet to snatch Oliver from Mr. Brownlow's house and take him back to Fagin's. Nancy does everything her husband tells her to but plans on secretly taking Oliver back to Mr. Brownlow. Before she can do so, Bill finds out of his wife's plans, and murders her. He then goes after Oliver, but is shot and killed. Oliver and Mr. Brownlow, who turns out to be Oliver's grandfather, return safely home.
|Oliver Twist||Sam Monk / Joseph Alfieni|
|Widow Corney||Joanna Tripp|
|Noah Claypole||Daniel Stride|
|Old Sally||Andrea Graves|
|Bill Sikes||Steve Berman|
|1st Bow St Runner||Tom Monk|
|2nd Bow Street Runner||Matthew Juggins|
|Rose Seller||Lorraine Berry|
|Strawberry Seller||Rachel Mayes|
|Knife Grinder||Martyn Broyd|
|Long Song Seller||David Randford|