Cast announced for Oliver! musical revival at Leeds Playhouse

Casting has been announced for the revival of the musical Oliver! at Leeds Playhouse this festive period.

Directed by James Brining, the new production will run at Leeds Playhouse from 27 November 2023 – 27 January 2024 at the venue’s Quarry Theatre.

The show has a book, music and lyrics by Lionel Bart, based on the iconic Oliver Twist novel by Charles Dickens.

Leading the cast, Steve Furst will play Fagin while Jenny Fitzpatrick will play Nancy. Joining them, Chris Bennett will play Bill Sikes and Minal Patel will play Mr Bumble.

Completing the adult cast are Zac Adlam, Laura Cairns, Rachel Clare Chan, Rosie Ede, Christopher Glover, Llandyll Gove, Simon Green, Frankie Hart, Danny Lane, Rachel Laurence, Jake Lomas, Martha Pothen, Michaela Stern, Harry Waller and Scott Waugh.

A trio of young actors will share the role of Oliver: Nicholas Teixeira, 9 from Manchester, Carter-J Murphy, 9 from Manchester, and Theo Wake, 10 from Edinburgh.

The role of The Artful Dodger be shared by Ram Narayanan Pisharody, 12 from Hull, Felix Holt, 11 from Sheffield, and Noah Walton, 13 from Stockton on Tees.

They will be joined by an ensemble of thirty-two young people: Aness Ahmed, Beatrice Armitage, Cyrus Campbell, Ella Jade Chadwick, Zane Chaba, Ariana Dar, Rose Dawson, Rebecca English, Aaron Fu, Ana Sofia Gutierrez Robson, Fearne Lily I’Anson, Kalil Judge, Shayne M Maphosa, Leo Maurice, Oliver Maurice, Amelia Minto, Jenson Lee McMaster, Jett Moises, Karis Musongole, Kayleen Nguema, Chizaram Ochuba-Okafor, Maxwell Paton, Robyn Pennington, Alexa Raja, Reggie Rollins, Jessica Russell, Hugh Jack Ryan, Porscha Mai Staniford, Tommy Thompson, Maddison Thew, Raine Williamson and Buster Wolfenden.

Based on the novel by Charles Dickens, Oliver! follows the story of a small boy with a big heart as he journeys from a desolate workhouse to the paved streets of Victorian London in search of love and a place to call home.

Featuring memorable songs such as ‘Food, Glorious Food’, ‘Oom Pah-Pah’, ‘I’d Do Anything’ and the angelic sounds of ‘Where is Love?’, Oliver! is a heart-warming theatrical masterpiece suitable for all.

The production has choreography by Lucy Hind, musical supervision by Toby Higgins, lighting design by Guy Hoare, sound design by Richard Brooker, musical direction by Luke Holman, orchestral manager Knoetics Music, associate director/voice coaching by Eleanor Manners, associate choreographer/associate director young company Jo Goodwin, children’s casting & general management by Keston & Keston, casting direction by Annelie Powell, and casting assistant Alice Walters.

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About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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