Oliver The Musical is an often repeated and favourite classic for many people. Based upon the timeless story by Charles Dickens, it follows the main character Oliver Twist on his journey from workhouse orphan through to unwilling member of Fagin’s gang through to beloved grandson of Mr Brownlow.
Influenced by the 1968 film as well as Dickens classic tale, Oliver Twist, this show includes such memorable and sensational tunes such as ‘Consider Yourself’, ‘Food Glorious Food’ and ‘As Long As He Needs Me’ to name but a few! These songs will have you singing along whilst sympathising with Oliver’s plight before delighting in his eventual triumph.
Oliver: The Musical is set in 19th Century London, a time when England’s capital city ruled the world. However, this city concealed an altogether seamier underbelly in the shape of hunger, poverty and crime. Oliver Twist is born to a young woman from a decent, respectable background who has fled her family in shame at her condition and arrives at the parish workhouse in a near-dead condition. She dies upon Oliver’s birth and he is then taken into the workhouse, to be abused and mistreated by the Matron and Mr Bumble, the Beadle.
Half-starved, Oliver dares to challenge their authority and is sold as an apprentice to the undertaker Mr Sowerberry. However, he retaliates to the bullying practices of Mr Sowerberry’s other apprentice, Noah Claypole and goes on the run to London whereupon he meets with The Artful Dodger.
The Dodger introduces Oliver to Fagin, the other boys of Fagin’s gang and the criminal underworld in general. Fagin is a hardened criminal who is determined to make Oliver into a pickpocket. He sends Oliver out with two other boys, The Artful Dodger and Charley bates to commit crimes which in his ignorance, Oliver has been unaware of.
The two boys rob a wealthy gentleman, Mr Brownlow as he browses through some books outside a booksellers shop. Oliver is shocked by this act and flees the scene in panic only to be captured by the police as the perpetrator. He is taken to court but is acquitted by the testimony of the bookseller who saw what happened. Oliver is in fact ill and collapses in court to be taken home by Mr Brownlow.
Meanwhile Fagin and the boys which include the brutal Bill Sykes and his girlfriend Nancy are afraid that Oliver will inform or ‘peach’ upon them and so resolve to get him back. They set a trap to do so though Nancy is sympathetic to Oliver’s plight and tries to protect him.
Nancy resolves to return Oliver to Mr Brownlow and contacts him whereby Mr Brownlow discovers that Oliver is in fact his grandson (of his long lost niece). She arranges to get Oliver away and meet up with him but Bill Sykes has other ideas leading to a dramtic end.
This superb show is directed by Rupert Goold and produced by Cameron Mackintosh. Choreographer Matthew Bourne is involved along with designer Anthony Ward, lighting by Paule Constable, and sound by Paul Groothius plus musical supervision by Martin Koch.
The lead role of Nancy is played by Jodie Prenger, winner of BBC television’s show I’d Do Anything with Rowan Atkinson taking the role of Fagin.
|Booking From:||Wednesday, 17th December 2008|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 8th January 2011|
|Matinees:||Wednesday and Saturday 2.30pm|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 7.30pm|
|Running Time:||2 hours 30 minutes|
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