Swanage Musical Theatre Company will be presenting Oliver! at the Mowlem Theatre in Swanage from 6 to 8 April. Oliver! is the musical adaptation of the novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, with music and lyrics by Lionel Bart.
The musical starts in the workhouse where the orphan boys are eating their gruel but one brave boy asks for more. His name is Oliver and he is told to leave by the greedy caretakers, Mr Bumble and the Widow Corney. Mr Bumble actually sells Oliver to the undertakers, Mr and Mrs Sowerberry. Oliver manages to escape and goes on the run and so begins his new life in the city of London. There he meets the Artful Dodger, friends and Fagin, a criminal who teaches the boys to pick pockets. Oliver is befriended by Nancy, an older member of the gang and girl friend of Bill Sikes, a brutal house-burglar.
The show includes such memorable songs such as ‘Food glorious food’, ‘Consider yourself at home’, ‘You’ve got to pick a pocket or two’, ‘Oom-pah-pah’ and ‘As long as he needs me’.
Book on 01929 422239 for tickets.