Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
Catherine Street WC2B 5JF
Theatre Royal Drury lane 3D location mapMap ©Silvermaze Ltd 2008 Theatre Royal photoPhoto ©Tony Reading 2008
Show Details
Preview 12th Dec 08
Opens 14th Jan 09
Closes 8th Jan 11
Show Times
Mon - Sat 7.30 pm
Matinée Wed & Sat 2.30 pm

Local Info
Top Class restaurants nearby;

Beotys (Greek & Trad English)
79 St Martin's Lane
020 7836 8768

Mon Plaisir (French)
21 Monmouth Street
020 7836 7243

Loch Fyne (Fish & Seafood)
2 - 4 Catherine Street
020 7240 4999
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A note from the author

We put this AVMovie together (a compilation of still photos and video clips) to show off London theatres as they are seen most often by theatre goers – by night.

Thanks to Ben Shafik for his lighthearted and informative commentary and Fionn O'Lochlainn for the original music.

Watch out for the new version with current liveries and the names of the theatres as they appear.


Oliver was last on in 1994. 20 years on Dickens’ characters was yet again brought to life with new players including Rowan Atkinson as Fagan. And how he suited the part! Fagan is now being played by Omid Djalili who has as wealth of TV and film credits including best supporting actor in the film Casanova.

Spectacular is the word used by Cameron Mackintosh - 'more than ever before,' with over a hundred actors and musicians. We look forward to seeing the play when the exciting new Nancy and Oliver - and others develop their characters. The songs of Lionel Bart’s can't fail to come to life again as we look forward to Atkinson's, You've Got to Pick-a-Pocket or Two.

Oliver Twist the story was a whistle blower to the Victorian public about the state of the poor being unacceptably inhuman. It was in the days where public opinion still affected politicians so Dickens' book changed things. So-called laws were refuted as not based on common law and the behaviour of the workforce barons had to become more naturally in line with human rights - just a bit.

Oliver Twist is a universal favourite globally.

The Story

A little boy grows up as an orphan in a baby 'farm' to provide child labour for a workhouse - at 7 if they are fit enough. Always hungry, fed on gruel and beaten casually Dickens revealed these children being reared as stock. Oliver Twist was a gentle naive person who did not fit in and when he asked for more gruel they saw him as a troublemaker and gave him away with a fiver to apprentice to an undertaker.

He was set up by the jealous wife and was beaten cruelly so he ran away. He gradually became accustomed to a life of pickpocketing with the other children having the benefit of food and companionship.

In the end the strain of living against natural humanity took its toll on the characters who had rough justice meted out - unless they turned around and did good of course.

It's a brilliant musical and the songs and story - not to mention the production - are worth taking in this time around - more than ever.


  • Kerry Ellis - Nancy (except Wed & Thurs evening)
  • Tamsin Carroll - Nancy (Wed & Thurs evening)
  • Russ Abbot - Fagin - 6 Dec Griff Rhys Jones returns to the role
  • Steven Hartley - Bill Sikes
  • Jason Morell - Mr Sowerberry
  • Christian Patterson - Mr. Bumble
  • Claire Machin - Widow Corney
  • Stephen Moore - Mr Brownlow
  • Louise Gold - Mrs Sowerberry / Mrs Bedwin

  • Director - Rupert Goold & Matthew Bourne
  • Design - Anthony Ward
  • Lighting - Paul Constable
  • Choreography - Matthew Bourne
  • Sound - Paul Gtoothuis
  • Orchestrations - William D Brohn
  • Producer - Cameron Mackintosh in association with the Southbrook Group Limited
© 2011 Updated 16th May 2011