Thursday, April 18

Just announced - new production and cast for Oliver! to open at Gielgud Theatre later this year


The new revival of Oliver!, adapted from Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist by Lionel Bart is to  transfer to the West End under the direction and choreography of Matthew Bourne, in collaboration with Cameron Mackintosh. The production opens first at Chichester Festival Theatre (from 8th July – 7th September 2024)before transferring to the Gielgud Theatre in London running  from 14th December until 6th April 2025 with priority booking beginning on Friday 26th April and full sale from 29th  April.. 

The musical  follows orphaned boy Oliver as he escapes the confines of the workhouse and finds refuge in the city’s underworld. Tunes include “Food Glorious Food”, “Consider Yourself”,” You’ve Got to Pick-a-Pocket or Two”, and “As Long As He Needs Me”.

The company for the West End features Simon Lipkin (Elf) as Fagin, Shanay Holmes (Miss Saigon) as Nancy, Aaron Sidwell (The Lord of the Rings) as Bill Sikes, Billy Jenkins (Les Miseralbes, Dodger) as the Artful Dodger, and Philip Franks (Rocky Horror Show, Art) as Mr Brownlow. Further cast is to be announced.

Oliver! is directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne and co-directed by Jean-Pierre van der Spuy, while the creative team includes designer Lez Brotherston, musical supervisor and conductor Graham Hurman, lighting designers Paule Constable and Ben Jacobs, sound designer Adam Fisher, video designer George Reeve, original orchestrator William David Brohn, orchestral adaptator Stephen Metcalfe and casting directors Felicity French CDG and Paul Wooller CDG with children’s casting director Verity Naughton CDG.

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