About the Play
Bringing Charles Dickens’ beloved novel to life, Lionel Bart’s Oliver! takes audiences on a wild adventure through Victorian England. Join young, orphaned Oliver Twist as he navigates the 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, but charismatic, Fagin. When Oliver is falsely accused of a theft he didn’t commit, he 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, who is 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.
Words and music by Lionel Bart
Based on the novel “Oliver Twist” by Charles Dickens
(presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International)
Oliver Twist—a workhouse boy 11-13 years… naïve, frightened…overwhelmed
Mr.Bumble — a pompous man…head of the workhouse
Widow Corney — a sharp-tongued, domineering widow; the Workhouse Mistress
Mr. Sowerberry — the Undertaker
Mrs. Sowerberry — his overseer and wife…a complainer
The Artful Dodger — Fagin’s brightest pupil; a youth who knows all the cons
Fagin — an elderly mix of crook and caregiver… runs a “training academy” for a gang of young pickpockets…sly, sneaky, conniving, but somehow likeable
Nancy — young woman…’mother figure” to the pickpockets…friendly, kind hearted, but a street girl…ruled by Bill Sykes
Bet — a teenage lass in Fagin’s establishment; idolizes Nancy
Bill Sykes — a villain in his prime…threatening, violent, dominates Fagin, controls Nancy…
Noah Claypole — the Undertaker’s adolescent apprentice …nasty…taunts Oliver
Charlotte — the Sowerberrys’ teasing teenage maid
Mr. Brownlow— an old gentleman of wealth and breeding
Mrs. Bedwin — the Brownlows’ Housekeeper
Dr. Grimwig — a Doctor
Workhouse Boys …become Fagin’s gang after first few scenes
Workhouse Assistants …adult workers
Bow Street Runners (police)
Street vendors, Crowd scenes etc.
Food, Glorious Food…Workhouse gang
Where Is Love?…Oliver
Consider Yourself Dodger, Oliver, Fagin, Gang
You’ve Got To Pick-A-Pocket Or Two…Fagin and gang
It’s a Fine Life…Nancy and chorus
I’d Do Anything…Nancy, Bet, Dodger, Oliver, gang, chorus
Be Back Soon …Fagin and gang
Oom-Pah-Pah..Nancy and chorus
As Long As He Needs Me…Nancy
Who Will Buy?…Oliver and chorus
Thursday, February 8, 8:00 p.m.
Friday, February 9, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 10, 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 10, 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 11, 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 15, 8:00 p.m.
Friday, February 16, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 17, 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 17, 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 18, 2:00 p.m.
1 Georgian Drive
Barrie, ON L4M 3X9