From the horrors of the workhouse to the criminal underbelly of London, Charles Dickens’ classic novel has become one of the best loved musicals of all time. ‘Lionel Bart’s masterpiece’ (Sunday Times) is packed with unforgettable songs, including Consider Yourself, You’ve Got To Pick A Pocket Or Two, Food Glorious Food, Oom-Pah-Pah, Where is Love? and the show-stopping As Long As He Needs Me.
Cast & Creative
|Bill Sykes||Chris Warden|
|Mr Bumble||Bryan Cardus|
|Widow Corney||Julie Thomas|
|Artful Dodger||Joshua Medcalf|
|Mr Sowerberry||Edz Barrett|
|Mrs Sowerberry||Caroline Hayes|
|Charlie Bates||Zac Donovan|
|Mr Brownlow||Barry Hill|
|Mrs Bedwin||Louise Ellard-Turnbull|
|Dr Grimwig||Charles Halford|
|Old Sal||Heather Mathew|
|Musical Director||Martin Wilcox|
|Technical Manager||Rob Arundel|
|Stage Manager||Jane Bean|
|Lighting Design||Ed Pagett|
|Sound Design||Stuart Vaughan|
Reviews & Awards
- Winner SWAN Award Best Supporting Female Performer in a Musical – Julie Thomas
- Nominated SWAN Award Best Supporting Female Performer in a Musical – Daisy Jones
- Nominated SWAN Award Best Supporting Male Performer in a Musical – Bryan Cardus
- Winner SWAN Award Best Female Performer in a Musical – Sue Chaperlin
- Nominated SWAN Award Best Male Performer in a Musical – James Turnbull
- Nominated SWAN Award Best Musical Production
BROS…have gathered together a perfectly splendid cast for Oliver! including two dozen of the best looking and ever energetic boys in addition to Harry Calcutt and Joshua Medcalf as Oliver and the Artful Dodger.
The adult principals have some of the hardest acts to follow in theatre history…however this Fagin, Bill Sykes and Mr Bumble in the forms of James Turnbull, Chris Warden and Bryan Cardus gave splendid performances.
Nancy, in the form of Sue Chaperlin was especially affecting, her strong ringing tones resounding around the theatre receiving well deserved applause.
A splendid show…we are lucky to have so many talented people who are prepared to put as much effort into providing first class entertainment as any professionals.
James Turnbull’s performance of ‘Reviewing the Situation’ in the second act (brought) out a sinister stylistic element, at once dark and unique.
The children were generally outstanding, especially considering some of them looked no older than ten, with the two leads at 11 and 12 years old. Henry Calcutt as Oliver was especially talented, with something very pure and arresting in his singing voice
The staging was also very imaginative, the use of lighting and an opening rainstorm bringing the grittier elements of the play to life. And the live orchestra was also faultless and a delight to listen to.