Classic musical Oliver! comes to Romford

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This September, the street of Victorian England come to life once more, as the Brookside Theatre, Romford, presents one of the world’s most beloved musicals, OLIVER! Based on Charles Dickens’ classic novel, OLIVER! tells the story of the young orphan who just wanted ‘more’.

From the orphanage to the mean streets of London, the ever-optimistic Oliver strives to survive through thick and thin, meeting, along the way, such characters as Nancy, Bill Sykes, the Artful Dodger and of course, the loveable but villainous Fagin.

First produced in the West End in 1960, the show was made into a popular film in 1968 starring Mark Lester as Oliver. The 1994 London stage production was directed by Sam Mendes and had a cast including Jonathan Pryce as Fagin and Sally Dexter as Nancy.

Dramatic, engagingly powerful and ultimately uplifting, OLIVER! is an unforgettable feel-good story of a remarkable boy looking for a place to call home.

Theatre Manager, Jai Sepple, who also plays Fagin in the production, explained, “We are so delighted to be able to bring this classic musical to the borough – it truly is one of the best-loved of all time and we guarantee our production won’t disappoint. We have a fantastic cast of local talent, who are all just as excited as I am.

“We are equally proud to say that this will be the first production where the audience will be able to take advantage of our new raked theatre seating thanks to Veolia UK, who’s kind and invaluable contribution has truly helped move the Brookside Theatre into a new era.”

This outstanding new production features Lionel Bart’s irresistible songs including Food Glorious Food, Consider Yourself, You’ve Got To Pick A Pocket or Two, I’d Do Anything, As Long As He Needs Me and many, many more..

OLIVER! runs from Wednesday 11 to Sunday September 15, 2019 at the Brookside Theatre, Eastern Road, Romford. Tickets are available online at or by telephone from the Box Office on 01708 755775.


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