Cameron Mackintosh & Chichester Festival Theatre’s new production of ‘OLIVER!’ to open in London this December

Cameron Mackintosh has announced that the forthcoming new production of Lionel Bart’s iconic musical, OLIVER!, which premieres at Chichester Festival Theatre from Monday 8 July to Saturday 7 September, will open at the Gielgud Theatre in London’s West End on Saturday 14 December 2024.

A co-production with Chichester Festival Theatre, the classic musical has now been fully reconceived by Mackintosh along with director and choreographer Matthew Bourne.

Fifteen years on from Mackintosh’s epic Theatre Royal Drury Lane production – the largest production of the musical ever staged – this new revival will return to the scale of the brilliant original with a more intimate production, inspired by the groundbreaking “poor theatre” designs of Sean Kenny which will take the musical firmly back to its roots.

The cast includes Simon Lipkin (Guys and Dolls, Avenue Q) as Fagin, Shanay Holmes (Miss Saigon, The Bodyguard) as Nancy, Aaron Sidwell (Henry VI, Wicked) as Bill Sikes, Billy Jenkins (Les Misérables, BBC’s Dodger) as the Artful Dodger and Philip Franks (The Rocky Horror Show, Witness for the Prosecution) as Mr Brownlow.

With a sensational score, including Food Glorious Food, Consider Yourself, You’ve Got to Pick-a-Pocket or Two, I’d Do Anything, Oom Pah Pah, As Long As He Needs Me and many more, the Olivier, Tony and Oscar-winning masterpiece vividly brings to life Charles Dickens’ ever-popular story of the boy who asked for more.

Produced and revised by Cameron Mackintosh, OLIVER! is directed and choreographed by Matthew Bourne and co-directed by Jean-Pierre van der Spuy. Designed by Lez Brotherston, lighting design is by Paule Constable and Ben Jacobs, sound design by Adam Fisher, video design by George Reeve, original orchestrations by William David Brohn adapted by Stephen Metcalfe; music supervision is by Graham Hurman.

Priority booking begins on Friday 26 April – sign up at www.oliverthemusical.com with tickets on general sale from Monday 29 April. 

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