Oliver!

Director – MATT WHITELOCK
Choreographer – SALLY-ANNE COLEMAN
Musical Director – MARK WEBB

CAST

Oliver – TRISTAN BERRY
Bill Sykes – RICHARD BOTT
Fagin – DAMIAN SOLLESSE
Nancy – NICOLA MORRIN
The Artful Dodger – BEN LEWISOliver Lionel Bart musical
Bet – ELLE CHAPMAN
Mr Bumble – WILLIAM BRANSTON
Widow Corney – EVE MACDONALD / SAM PRIOR (played all performances)
Mr Sowerberry – ANDREW CLARKE
Mrs Sowerberry – ANNA JENNINGS
Charlotte Sowerberry – KATIE COSTELLO
Noah Claypole – HENRY BEARMAN
Mr Brownlow – ANDY CAMICHEL
Mrs Bedwin – GLORIA GRIFFITHS
Dr Grimwig – KEVIN GINGELL
Strawberry Seller – SHERRIDAN POVEY
Rose Seller – CHARLEY WOODWARD
Milkmaid – CHARIS MCMASTER
Knife-grinder – SAM PEMBERTON
Old Sally – ABI CLARKE
Long Song Seller – ANDREW JOHNSON
Agnes Brownlow – LUCY HERD
Annie – MARIA POVEY
Charles Bates – DOMINIC LANE
Martha Cripples – CHARLEY WOODWARD
Bullseye – KIARA

Workhouse assistants / Bow Street Runners / Street Vendors / Londoners / Zombies

SARAH ABBOTT, SARA BEETON, WILLIAM BRANSTON, STUART BROOKFIELD, ANDY CARMICHEL, ABI CLARKE, ANDREW CLARKE, GEMMA DIDCOCK, PHIL ELLIOT, KEVIN GINGELL, JANE HARDCASTLE, LUCY HERD, LEANNE HOME, NICKY JAGGAR, ANNA JENNINGS, ANDREW JOHNSTON, CLAIRE JOHNSTON, AMIE JONES, EVE MACDONALD, CHARIS MCMASTER, NICOLA MORRIN, SAM PEMBERTON, ERIC POVEY, MARIA POVEY, SHERRIDAN POVEY, SAM PRIOR, JULIA SADLER, SOPHIE TAYLOR, KATIE THRUSSELL, JIM TUBBS-GALLEY, ELLIE ULRICH, JOLENE WALSH, GARETH WATKINS, CHARLEY WOODWARD.

Workhouse urchins / Fagin’s Gang / London Children

MOLLY BARNETT, CORINNA BARTLE, AARIT BHATTACHARYA, NATASHA BYDE, LIAM CAMPION, JADE CHAPLIN, ELLE CHAMPMAN, KATIE COSTELLO, HARLEY EMMITT, MANNON GREEN, SAMUEL GUY, NEREA HOPKINS, ALEX HUTSON, ISABEL JACKSON, DOMINIC LANE, ALEX LEROY, BEN LEWIS, KATIE MULLIGAN, HOLLY PARTLOW, SASCHA PETERS, LUCY RICHARDS, CAITLIN TUBBS-GALLEY, ARCHIE WATKINS, JAMIE WATKINS, TANITH WHITE, OLIVER WIDDIS, JACK WRIGHT.

Reviews

Read the getreading review here.

Audience comments

On 24 September I was very lucky to be invited to the Reading Operatic Society production of Oliver! at the Hexagon. I am a keen supporter of the arts, but rarely have the time to go out, so this was a real treat. I have to say I was very impressed. The production was of a very high standard, from the children to the adults, and the set was amazing. I particularily liked the little lad who played the Artful Dodger and the scene where Bill Sykes met his end was very dramatic and made me jump! We are lucky in Reading to have lots of homegrown talent and there were huge amounts of talent on show. I shall make an effort to go to future productions as this evening was so enjoyable. A big thank you for the invite! Cllr Sarah Hacker, Deputy Mayor, Reading

“What a great show, well done to everyone involved, my Mum and I thoroughly enjoyed it. And loved the poodles!”

“Loved the show tonight! Congrats to all involved! What a fantastic cast, orchestra, crew, lighting etc! Well done x”

“Wow, fabulous! Well done all of you. Such talent and energy! Orchestra fantastic too! Best wishes for the rest of the run.”

“Amazing show. Much better than what we expected. Infact at times, it was like watching a 3D movie.”

“They was blooody good!”

“Watched the show tonight with friends, it was amazing! I am in awe of you all!
Can’t wait to watch it again.”

“Well done everyone, fantastic show, loved every minute, all that hard work has definitely paid off.”

“Very well done to Matt Whitelock on directing and Sally-Anne Coleman on choreographing a fantastic production of Oliver! this week at the Hexagon. Excellent performances all round, but of course special congratulations to Richard Marlo Bott as Bill Sykes, Anna Jennings as Mrs Sowberry and Stuart John Brookfield. Very atmospheric lighting and clever use of smoke by Kim Hollamby, with special follow-spotting from Louis Martin and well run backstage by David Parsonson. Oh, and I’m guessing Steven Foster probably helped a bit too!”

“I expected the show to be good, even fantastic but I wasn’t expecting awesome! X”

“Fantastic! I had no idea what to expect. What a brilliant show, and totally professional. Such a talented group of people you all are. Not many shows would have such a large children’s cast, nor the animals! You did, and they were perfect, as were the adults. I can’t wait to see it again tomorrow.”