The Multi-Award Winning Manchester Musical Youth return to Z-arts with their July production, this time bringing Charles Dickens’ beloved novel to life.
Lionel Bart’s Oliver! takes audiences on a wild adventure through Victorian England following young, orphaned Oliver Twist as he navigates London’s underworld of theft and violence, searching for a home, a family, and – most importantly – for love. When Oliver is picked up on the street by a boy named the Artful Dodger, he is welcomed into a gang of child pickpockets led by the conniving and charismatic Fagin. Falsely accused of a theft he didn’t commit, Oliver is rescued by a kind and wealthy gentleman, to the dismay of Fagin’s violent sidekick, Bill Sykes. Caught in the middle is the warm-hearted Nancy, trapped under Bill’s thumb but desperate to help Oliver, with tragic results.
With spirited, timeless songs like “As Long as He Needs Me,” “Food, Glorious Food,” and “Where is Love,” Oliver! is a musical classic.
OLIVER! Music, Lyrics and Book by Lionel Bart.
Produced for the Broadway stage by David Merrick and Donald Albery
By arrangement with MusicScope and Stage Musicals Limited of New York
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