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

Cast List

Character Actor
Fagin James Turnbull
Oliver Henry Calcutt
Nancy Sue Chaperlin
Bill Sykes Warden
Mr Bumble Bryan Cardus
Widow Corney Julie Thomas
Artful Dodger Joshua Medcalf
Mr Sowerberry Edz Barrett
Mrs Sowerberry Caroline Hayes
Noah Ben Hayes
Charlotte Rhian Roberts
Bet Daisy Jones
Charlie Bates Zac Donovan
Mr Brownlow Barry Hill
Mrs Bedwin Louise Ellard-Turnbull
Dr Grimwig Charles Halford
Old Sal Heather Mathew
Ensemble Bonnie Allen
Ensemble Lizzie Brignall
Ensemble Nicky Burgess
Ensemble Kerry Magee
Ensemble Gemma Melhuish
Ensemble Chris Morris
Ensemble Sandra Mortimer
Ensemble Tim Parish
Ensemble Kristy Shaw
Ensemble Helen Shore
Ensemble Stuart Turnbull
Boys Gabriel Auty
Boys Louie Bramsdon
Boys Levi Buckland
Boys Dewi Chilton
Boys Thomas Colbert
Boys Charlie Delamain
Boys Benjamin Hohls
Boys Liam James
Boys Ted Keogh
Boys Matthew Magee
Boys Patrick Philpott
Boys Jack Rawes
Boys James Rushby
Boys Ludo Shales
Boys Oliver Shore
Boys Nicolas Silkov-Yianni
Boys Jack Simpson
Boys Oliver Slot
Boys Greg Smith
Boys Edward Teesdale
Boys Harry Turnbull
Boys Zac Whittaker
Boys Joseph Woodcock

Creative Team

Role Name
Director Andy Locke
Musical Director Martin Wilcox
Choreographer Melanie Edwards
Technical Manager Rob Arundel
Stage Manager Jane Bean
Lighting Design Ed Pagett
Sound Design Stuart Vaughan
Props Veronica Martin
Costume Wendy Godwin

Reviews & Awards

SWAN 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

The publicreviews.com

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.

Show Date: January 2013

Venue: Richmond Theatre

Rehearsal & Show Highlights

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