Much-anticipated rehearsal images showcasing the Oliver! company in action have been released by Leeds Playhouse today featuring the ensemble cast of actors creating the world of Victorian London. The spectacular production will open at the Playhouse from 24 November 2023 to 27 January 2024 and promises to take audiences on a musical adventure.

Leeds Playhouse Artistic Director James Brining said: “I’m working with an absolutely brilliant team. Both onstage and back stage, we’re working hard to create a show that will excite and move audiences. There are some amazing ensemble numbers  as well as powerful and evocative solos and when the full cast of 35 comes together the atmosphere is electric.  OLIVER! truly is a wonderful example of the musical theatre repertoire and it’s a privilege to be working on such epic and iconic material.”

Lionel Bart’s award-winning musical, adapted from Charles Dickens’ timeless novel, features some of the most memorable characters and well-loved songs seen on stage, including ‘Food, Glorious Food’, ‘Oom Pah-Pah’, ‘I’d Do Anything’ and the angelic sounds of ‘Where is Love?’. 

Oliver! is a classic rags to riches story. Born into a life of poverty and misfortune, orphaned Oliver is a small boy with a big heart. He sets out on a perilous journey from a desolate workhouse to the gloriously colourful streets of Victorian London in search of love and a place to call home. There he’s befriended by the charming Artful Dodger and kindly Nancy before being drawn into Fagin’s gang of young pickpockets where he comes under the terrifying gaze of dastardly Bill Sikes.

Relaxed and Dementia Friendly performances will 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.

Leeds Playhouse’s Autumn/Winter 2023 season is sponsored by Caddick and Moda, in a unique partnership spanning ten years of investing in culture in the Leeds City Region.

Box office 0113 213 7700. Book online leedsplayhouse.org.uk 

Our picture by Pamela Raith shows Steve Furst who plays Fagin with members of the young cast.


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