1994: Oliver

 

'Oliver!' the musical is loosely based upon the novel 'Oliver Twist' by Charles Dickens, with music and lyrics by Lionel Bart.

Young orphan Oliver Twist is sold to a Dunstable undertaker after asking for more dinner at the orphanage. Escaping to London he meets the Artful Dodger, a young thief, and is taken in by Fagin to join his gang of child pickpockets. Wrongly accused of a theft he meets a kindly gentleman, Mr Brownlow,  who takes him in, to the concern of one of Fagin's old pupils, the violent Bill Sykes. In the middle is Nancy, Sykes' girlfriend whom Oliver has come to trust.

Nancy tries to help Oliver but is brutally murdered by Sykes. Sykes is then shot by police as he tries to escape. There is a happy element to the ending as Oliver is reunited with Mr Brownlow and, the likeable rogues Fagin and Dodger secretly make their escape.

The 1968 film adaptation used a mixture of young unknown actors and 'big names': Ron Moody (Fagin), Oliver Reed (Bill Sikes), Harry Secombe (Mr Bumble), Mark Lester (Oliver), Jack Wild (Dodger), Shani Wallis (Nancy) and Joseph O'Conor as Mr. Brownlow.

 


 

Our 1994 cast is:

 

Oliver - Duncan Russell

Fagin - John Danskin

The Artful Dodger - Andrew Ure

Bill Sykes - George Marcinkiewicz

Nancy - Alison Train

Bet - Sarah Rumney

Mr. Bumble - Alex Kemp

Mrs. Corney - Carol Fraser

Mr. Brownlow - Thom Riddell

Mr. Sowerberry - David English

Mrs. Sowerberry - Lenna Gray

Charlotte - Elisa Laing

Noah Claypole - Grant Marshall

Dr. Grimwig - Keith Bates

Mrs. Bedwin - Fiona Scott

Old Sally - Valerie Withnell

Annie - Fiona Harrison

 

Director...Nan McDonald

Musical Director...Eddie MacLennan

Choreographer...Nicola Hughes