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Oliver! the musical

Oliver! the musical, last staged in 1994 at the Palladium, is now back with a vengeance at West End thanks to Cameron Mackintosh. This well-loved, classic musical will be staged at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, effectively reanimating Dickens' characters in a truly brilliant display of the timeless attraction this popular story about the boy who asked for more holds for people of all ages.

The original Oliver! the musical proved to be spectacular, and Mackintosh's West End musical version is expected to be even more so. Fagin the disreputable head of a group of vagabond children. He instructs the children to earn their living by pick-pocketing, amongst various other criminal activities, and gives them a place to sleep in return for the goods that they steal.

Oliver! the musical boasts an orchestra and cast of more than one hundred, and will be filled to the brim with irresistible Lionel Bart songs, just some of which include You've Got to Pick-a-Pocket or Two, Food Glorious Food, I'd Do Anything, Consider Yourself, As Long as he Needs Me, and Oom Pah Pah.

Matthew Bourne, choreographer, will make use of every last inch of the stage at Theatre Royal Drury Lane, the greatest of London's musical stages, and Anthony Ward will design out-of-this-world sets for the staging of Oliver! the musical. Rupert Gold, who received the Best Director Award at the Olivier Awards in 2008, will direct the restaging of this acclaimed Sam Mendes production.

 

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Theatre Royal Drury Lane

During the reign of James I, a cockpit in Catherine Street was converted into a theatre, then, in 1660, Christopher Wren designed a new theatre that was built there. After it burnt to the ground in 1672, Wren designed a bigger and more sophisticated theatre, whose opening Charles II attended in 1674. The building was demolished in 1791, and a third playhouse, which Henry Holland designed, was constructed and opened in 1794, then burnt down in 1809. Benjamin Wyatt designed the current Theatre Royal Drury Lane, which opened in 1812 and has a seating capacity of 2,205.

The Theatre Royal Drury Lane has hosted many famous productions, including Pirates of Penzance, 42nd Street, Miss Saigon, The Witches of Eastwick, My Fair Lady, Anything Goes, and The Producers.

Currently showing at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane is Oliver!, London's best-selling musical featuring a host of hit songs. The show's duration is 2hrs and 30 minutes, and booking is available until 26 February 2011.

The Theatre Royal Drury Lane is in London's West End, on Catherine Street, London WC2B 5JF. The closest tube station is Covent Garden.

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