Aberystwyth Arts Centre Summer Season Musical
Book, Music and Lyrics by Lionel Bart
Friday 9 – Saturday 31 August
7.30pm Performances: Tuesdays to Saturdays
2.30pm Matinees: Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays
£30 (£28) Family £112
BSL interpreted performance 22nd August, 2:30pm (interpreter will be stage right).
Richard Cheshire returns to Aberystwyth Arts Centre to direct this year’s Summer Season Oliver!, with a fully professional cast!
The award-winning musical adaptation of the classic Dickens' novel springs to life with some of the most memorable characters and songs ever to hit the stage.
Consider yourself at home with Lionel Bart's classic musical based on Charles Dickens' novel, Oliver Twist. The Tony and Olivier Award-winning show is one of the few musicals to win an Academy Award for Best Picture and is widely hailed as a true theatrical masterpiece by actors and audience members alike.
The streets of Victorian England come to life as Oliver, a malnourished orphan in a workhouse, becomes the neglected apprentice of an undertaker. Oliver escapes to London and finds acceptance amongst a group of petty thieves and pickpockets led by the elderly Fagin. When Oliver is captured for a theft that he did not commit, the benevolent victim, Mr. Brownlow takes him in. Fearing the safety of his hideout, Fagin employs the sinister Bill Sikes and the sympathetic Nancy to kidnap him back, threatening Oliver’s chances of discovering the true love of a family.
Oliver! is a musical theatre masterpiece, perfectly showcasing the talents of a large ensemble cast as they bring these classic characters and score to life.
Oliver! was last performed at Aberystwyth Arts Centre in 2005, when local star Taron Egerton starred as the Artful Dodger alongside a host of other talented young performers. Although Taron will not be returning, we are thrilled to welcome back many of the original cast members from 2005 who are now professional actors – and we’re sure more stars of the future will be amongst our new cast of young people!
Presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Ltd.
Fagin - Matthew Ashforde
Nancy - Anna McGarahan
Sykes - Richard Corgan
Mr Brownlow - John Lyons
Widow Corney - Gillian Elisa
Mr Bumble - Ieuan Rhys
Charlotte - Bethan Pearce
Noah - Sam Ebenezer
Mr Sowerberry/Dr Grimwig - Matthew Wellman
Mrs Sowerberry - Amy-Jane Ollies
Ensemble - Jordan Jones
Ensemble - Maeve Courtier-Lilley
Oliver - Charlie Longman, Mackenzie Lawlor, Rhodri Jenkins
Artful Dodger - Anirudh Krishna, Sam Rolt
Brownlow ensemble - Siôn Euros James, Osian Jewell, Molly Hughes, Harri Jones, Steffan Jones, Eliza Cooper, Ashe Jones, Alisha Aydogmus, Elan Mari Mabbutt, Neve Ella Jones, Sean Bevan, Tili Hughes, Hanna Wyn Jones, Nancy Kirk
Bumble ensemble - Tobenna Victor Okoro, Hugo Richardson, Owen Jac Roberts, Iwan Samuel Finnigan, Catrin Haf, Nel Rhys Evans, Alysha Scarrott, Pranav Krishna, Miriam Llwyd Davies, Heledd Davies, Lili Erin Collier, Anest Fflur Jones, Rhodri Davies, Ellie Benjamin