Audiences are invited to consider themselves at home as Leeds Playhouse stages Lionel Bart’s classic Oliver! as their next Christmas show.
Bart’s masterpiece adapted from Charles Dickens’ rich novel was turned into an Oscar winning movie that has become a TV family favourite especially at Christmas time. This stage version Is Directed by Leeds Playhouse Artistic Director and Chief Executive James Brining, who was at the helm for their last festive hit, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – The Musical.
Oliver! is a rags to riches story but one that doesn’t pull its punches about the grim reality of poverty in Victorian London. Orphaned Oliver is a small boy with a big heart as sets out on a perilous journey from a desolate workhouse to the mean streets in search of love and a place to call home. Along the way he’s befriended by the charming Artful Dodger, and kindly Nancy, before being drawn into the ruthless Fagin’s gang of young pickpockets where he comes under the baleful gaze of psychopath Bill Sykes.
Musical fans will enjoy Bart’s familiar songs including Food, Glorious Food, Oom Pah-Pah, I’d Do Anything and the angelic Where is Love?
“Oliver! is such an incredible story, an exciting adventure that has captivated generations through its journey from book, to film, to hit West End musical, and even as a search-for-a-star reality TV show,” notes James Brining,
“The Quarry winter show is a key moment in our year as a producing theatre, but also for our audiences. It’s an opportunity for friends and family to gather, for schools to enjoy a festive treat and often the moment when young people are introduced to the theatre for the first time.”
Full cast and creatives will be announced at a later date, but the Leeds Playhouse social media channels will have details about open auditions for the children’s company.
Relaxed and Dementia Friendly performances will also be available and a selection of digital resources, created by the Playhouse’s award-winning Creative Engagement department, will be available free to all schools who book to see the production.
Oliver! plays in Leeds Playhouse’s Quarry theatre from 27th November 2023 – 27th January 2024. Tickets are on sale to Leeds Playhouse’s Priority Access, Playhouse Pass Members and the Under 30 Scheme now, with tickets on general sale from today. Age guide 8+
An early bird ticket offer is in place where customers can take advantage of £10 off full price tickets from the top three price bands, Monday – Friday performances between 27th November – 8th December if booked before 30 April 2023. https://leedsplayhouse.org.uk/