Oliver Twist! comes to the Storyhouse stage this Christmas and the cast has now been revealed.
The big-hearted new production of the Dickens favourite, adapted by Alex Clifton, will run from 4 December to 16 January 2022.
It promises a seasonal sprinkling of fabulous, feelgood songs along with porridge, pickpockets and dogs as the colourful characters of the Victorian classic are brought vividly to life.
Cynthia Emeagi will play Fagin. Her stage credits include Olivia, Jessica and Baptista in a Shakespeare’s Globe Tour, Take Care (Ecoute Theatre Company) and Braids (Live Theatre Newcastle).
Keshini Misha is Dodger. Her previous work includes Alice in Wonderland (Derby Theatre), The Country Girls (Chichester Festival Theatre), Storylab (The Tricycle Theatre) and Lung Theatre’s Trojan Horse.
Bill is played by Matthew Ganley who returns to Storyhouse after appearing as Jacob Marley in last year’s A Christmas Carol. Other credits include Once (Phoenix Theatre), Beryl (West Yorkshire Playhouse), The Ladykillers (Oldham Colisseum), Around the World in 80 Days for Kenny Wax and two seasons in the Liverpool Everyman Rock ‘n’ Roll panto.
He is joined as Nancy by Rose Bruford College-trained Jessica Jolley. Her stage roles include Lauren in Big Big Sky (Hampstead Theatre Downstairs) and The Miracle Worker (Cramphorn Studio Theatre, Chelmsford).
Mr and Mrs Sowerberry are played by Liz Jadev and Milton Lopes respectively.
Liz Jadav’s stage credits include Under the Story Tree (Nottingham Playhouse), Little Red and the Big Bad Wolf (Action Transport Theatre), Better off Dead and Joking Apart (Stephen Joseph Theatre and tour) and A Christmas Carol at Derby Theatre.
Meanwhile Milton Lopes has previously appeared in Whiter Than Snow (Graeae), Our Country’s Good (Ramps on the Moon), The Three Musketeers (The Dukes) and Death of a Salesman (Royal Exchange).
Adam Speers is Mr Brownlow. His work includes Macbeth, The Spirit of Piaf and Toad of Toad Hall, all for Troika Productions, Romeo and Juliet (No Nonsense Theatre Company) and Peter Pan at Kensington Gardens.
And Rose is played by Claire-Marie Seddon whose stage credits include Best Foot Forward and In at the Deep End for Mikron Theatre, Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile (Freedom Studios) and Signal Fires (Slung Low).
The role of Oliver itself will be shared by four talented young members of the Storyhouse Youth Theatre Juliette Dear, Jacob Collinson, Luwe Hayes-Roberts and Reuben Connor.
From Storyhouse Young Leaders trainee actor Rosey Dight also joins the company.
Kash Arshed, Director
Liz Wright, Designer
Matthew Ganley, Musical Director
Rhianne Stubbs, Movement Director
Martha Godfrey, Lighting Designer
Chris Bogg, Sound Designer
Oliver Twist is born in the workhouse and brought up in an orphanage before being apprenticed to the local undertakers the Sowerberrys.
He runs away to London where he is befriended by the street-savvy Jack Dawkins, otherwise known as the Artful Dodger, and taken under the wing of Jack’s benefactor – the criminal Svengali Fagin.
Will picking a pocket or two for the wily Fagin be the innocent young Oliver’s fate? Or will the kindness of strangers win the day?
The Storyhouse Production is being staged to full audiences but with social distancing performances available on selected dates during the run.
There will also be relaxed, captioned, signed and audio described performances.
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