“ Address: Theatre Royal Drury Lane / Catherine Street / London / WC2B 5JF „
I took my sister to London a few weeks ago and had told her that I would treat her to a theatre show whilst we were down there as a treat for finishing her exams. When we got to London we visited the tkts booth in Leicester Square and decided that we would quite like to go and see Oliver! It is a show I have quite fancied seeing for a while as I really enjoyed the film and so we booked our tickets for that night.
Oliver is showing at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane which is on Catherine Street in London. The closest tube stations are Charing Cross, Embankment or Covent Garden. We decided to get off at Covent Garden and managed to get ourselves a little bit lost and then later realised how obvious the theatre was from where we were! I would advise when you get to Covent Garden just to ask someone in the market for directions as they are always very helpful.
The theatre as with any other in the West End is very grand and lovely! No photographs are allowed to be taken in the theatre, even before the show starts and you will regular hear ushers telling people off for taking them! Prices are around £3.00 for a soft drink. We did not buy programmes but I believe there were some for £7.00 which is reasonable compared to some other shows I have been to.
Oliver is about an orphaned boy who is living in a children's home/work house. They are fed a sloppy mess called gruel whilst all the adults there are fed luxurious food such as roast chicken, potatoes and cakes. One day Oliver dares ask for more and the man in charge, Mr Bumble, is furious and sells him to an undertaker. This doesn't work out and Oliver runs away and meets a little boy who calls himself the Artful Dodger. He is pick pocketing for a living and lives with a whole host of other children and a man named Fagin who is a crook through and through. Fagin has an associate named Bill Sykes who is an evil man and also a crook. Bills partner Nancy is nothing but good and cares for the children and vows to help Oliver get back to what they realise is his wealthy family, much to Bills anger.
The whole cast in the show were amazing but I feel the children in the show did incredible jobs and they brought lots of energy and fun to the show.
Russ Abbott was the only person I knew in the show and he was playing Fagin. He did an incredible job and brought comedy to the role too. I was quite surprised at how well he could sing too!
Kerry Ellis is playing Nancy and she did a brilliant job. She sings brilliantly and gives a real feeling of being protective over Oliver in the show.
Steve Hartley plays Bill Sykes and I do feel he did an amazing job of this. He comes across as mean and scary...right through until the end when the show is over and the cast are being applauded!
The songs in the show are brilliant and ones if you are familiar with the film you will be able to sing along. If you aren't familiar with the film then you will certainly be able to tap your feet as the show goes along! The songs included in the film are as follows. I have taken this information from the website so not to miss any out!
1. Food Glorious Food
3. I Shall Scream!
4. Boy for Sale
5. That's Your Funeral
6. Coffin Music
7. Where Is Love?
8. Consider Yourself
9. Consider Yourself (Reprise)
10. You've Got to Pick-A-Pocket or Two
11. It's A Fine Life
12. I'd Do Anything
13. Be Back Soon
14. The Robbery
16. My Name!
17. As Long As He Needs Me
18. Where Is Love?
19. Who Will Buy?
20. It's A Fine Life
21. Reviewing The Situation
23. As Long As He Needs Me
24. London Bridge/The Chase
25. Reviewing The Situation
My favourite songs in the show were definitely Oom-Pah-Pah, I'd do anything and reviewing the situation.
I would thoroughly recommend this show to anyone. It has moments of sadness, moments of fun and lots of wonderful songs and is certainly a show to remember! My sister also said she really enjoyed her first experience of a theatre show.