Oliver! The Musical Reviews

Oliver! Sets the West End alight Sunday Telegraph

The triumphant opening of Lionel Bart’s Oliver! is a glorious reminder of just how life-enhancing a musical can be Daily Telegraph

Blast away all those recession cobwebs. Anyone who needs cheering up should get along to Drury Lane sharpish and catch this humdinger of a night Daily Mail

What extraordinary excitement Lionel Bart’s Oliver! still stirs. A smash hit Evening Standard

Fresh, exuberant and spiritually full of beans. A little bit scary, a lot of fun, a rip-roaring success Independent on Sunday

Rowan Atkinson is an astonishing Fagin in this big thumping musical hit Sunday Express

Uplifting stuff. Jodie Prenger is terrific, great, earthy and warm. You’ll love it Sunday Times

A blistering hubbub of colour, crime, love and adventure. You’ve got to pick a pocket or two for this astounding show London Lite

The finest production I’ve ever seen on the West End stage. Beg, borrow, or steal a ticket – it’s worth it! Terry Wogan, BBC Radio 2

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Actor and Comedian Omid Djalili ‘Fagin’ in Olivier! from 20 July 2009

Actor and comedian Omid Djalili will be the next star to play ‘Fagin’ in Oliver! at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane from Monday 20 July 2009.

Omid Djalili is an award-winning British-Iranian actor/comedian. Not only acclaimed as one of Britain’s funniest stand up comedians, he has also featured in films including ‘The Mummy’, ‘Gladiator’, ‘Spy Game’, ‘Modigliani’, ‘Sky Captain & The World of Tomorrow’, ‘Casanova’, and will soon be seen in ‘The Allottment’ and ‘Pirates of the Caribbean III’. On TV he did two seasons of ‘Small Potatoes’ on Channel 4. In the States he signed a talent holding deal with NBC in 2002 and co-starred with Whoopi Goldberg in her sitcom  ‘Whoopi’ which ran from 2003-04. Most recently Omid has been commissioned to do his own series for BBC1, ‘The Omid Djalili Show’ to be seen in 2007.

Cameron Mackintosh presents his triumphant new staging of Lionel Bart’s masterpiece Oliver! at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, which was last seen at the Palladium in 1994. Oliver! is one of the most beloved British musicals, vividly bringing to life Dickens’ timeless characters with its ever popular story of the boy who asked for more.

Winner of BBC reality show ‘I’d Do Anything’ Jodie Prenger will continue to play ‘Nancy’ until to 12 Dec 2009.

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Oliver! Opens to Sensational Reviews

The Telegraph calls it “a cracking night of tuneful entertainment” and the Daily Mail raves about “this humdinger of a night”.

Cameron Mackintosh’s new staging of Lionel Bart’s masterpiece OLIVER!, one of the most beloved of British musicals, vividly brings to life Dickens’ timeless characters with its ever popular story of the boy who asked for more.

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Cameron Mackintosh congratulates Jodie Prenger

Cameron Mackintosh congratulates Jodie Prenger on winning the role of Nancy in BBC One’s I’d Do Anything and announces further casting for his production of Oliver!

 ‘I’m thrilled for Jodie: she deserves this part and is clearly the people’s Nancy. She’s an exceptional talent with a fabulous voice and is an unusually warm woman – smart, thoughtful and extremely motivated. She will go from strength to strength and be a terrific success in the role of a lifetime when the show opens in January.”

Jodie will join a distinguished company of over 75 actors.
As already announced Rowan Atkinson will play Fagin; Burn Gorman from BBC’s Torchwood and Bleak House will be Bill Sikes; Veteran stage and screen actress Rosemary Leech is Mrs Bedwin, RSC actor Julian Bleach is Mr Sowerberry, and of course the three Olivers are Gwion, Harry and Laurence.

 Cameron Mackintosh will present Lionel Bart’s musical masterpiece Oliver! at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, with performances commencing from 12th December 2008 and press night on 14th January 2009.

Evening performances will be Monday – Saturdays at 7.30pm, with matinees on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2.30pm. (www.oliverthemusical.com)

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