Tuesday 23rd - Saturday 27th April 2013
Albany Theatre, Coventry

Music Lyrics Book
Lionel Bart Lionel Bart Lionel Bart

Oliver! is based on the Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist. It was the first musical adaptation of a famous Charles Dickens work to become a stage hit. There had been two previous Dickens musicals in the 1950's, both of them television adaptations of A Christmas Carol.

The plot of Dickens' original novel is considerably simplified for the purposes of the musical, with Fagin being represented more as a comic character than as a villain. It may well be that Bart based his musical on a David Lean film.

It premiered in the West End in 1960, enjoying a long run, a successful Broadway production in 1963 and further tours and revivals. It was made into a musical film in 1968. Major London revivals played from 1994-1998 and again from 2008-2011.

Musical Numbers
Act 1 Act 2
Overture Oom Pah Pah
Food, Glorious Food My Name
Oliver As Long As He Needs Me
I Shall Scream Where is Love? (Reprise)
Boy For Sale Who Will Buy?
That's Your Funeral It's a Fine Life (Reprise)
Where is Love? Reviewing the Situation
Consider Yourself Oliver (Reprise)
Pick a Pocket or Two As Long As He Needs Me (Reprise)
It's a Fine Life Reviewing the Situation (Reprise)
I'd Do Anything Finale
Be Back Soon

2008 2014
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At the workhouse
At the workhouse
Dodger, Oliver and the gang
Dodger, Oliver and the gang
The dancers
The dancers
Fagin, Oliver and pickpocketers
Fagin, Oliver and pickpocketers
Oom Pah Pah
Oom Pah Pah
'Please sir, Can I have some more?'
"Please sir, Can I have some more?"
Steve Bingham as Bill Sykes
Steve Bingham as Bill Sykes
Mr and Mrs Sowerberry
Mr and Mrs Sowerberry
Finale
Finale