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Oliver!

Genre Drama; Fantasy/Adventure
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Composer Lionel Bart
Lyricist Lionel Bart
Book By Lionel Bart
 
Other Credits Based on 'Oliver Twist' by Charles Dickens
Format Book Musical
Type Full Length
Status Available (?This work is currently available for application in Australia and New Zealand subject to our standard Terms of Use.)
Version 2003 West End Revival Version

Short Synopsis

OLIVER! is truly a masterpiece and shows off the talents of Lionel Bart at his best. As one reviewer put it, "With this show, the audience whistles the tunes as they COME IN to the theatre".

Rehearsal Materials

Rehearsal Materials on Hire

OLIVER REHEARSAL SET

  • 1 × OLIVER PIANO VOCAL SCORE
  • 21 × OLIVER VOCAL SCORE

Orchestral Materials

All available orchestrations for this show are displayed below. On application, you will be required to select the orchestration that you wish to use for your performance.

Orchestral Materials on Hire

OLIVER (STANDARD 15-PIECE) ORCHESTRAL SET

  • 1 × OLIVER REED I (Flute / Piccolo / Descant Recorder)
  • 1 × OLIVER REED II (Clarinet I in Bb / Clarinet in Eb)
  • 1 × OLIVER REED III (Clarinet II in Bb / Bass Clarinet in Bb / Alto Recorder)
  • 1 × OLIVER HORN
  • 1 × OLIVER TRUMPET I
  • 1 × OLIVER TRUMPET II
  • 1 × OLIVER TROMBONE
  • 1 × OLIVER KEYBOARD I
  • 1 × OLIVER KEYBOARD II
  • 1 × OLIVER PERCUSSION I
  • 1 × OLIVER PERCUSSION II
  • 1 × OLIVER VIOLIN
  • 1 × OLIVER VIOLA
  • 1 × OLIVER CELLO
  • 1 × OLIVER BASS

OLIVER (9-PIECE) ORCHESTRAL SET

  • 1 × OLIVER (9-PIECE) REED I (Flute / Piccolo / Soprano (Descant) Recorder / Alto (Treble) Recorder / Penny Whistle)
  • 1 × OLIVER (9-PIECE) REED II (Clarinet in Bb / Clarinet in Eb / Bass Clarinet in Bb / Alto (Treble) Recorder)
  • 1 × OLIVER (9-PIECE) REED III (Bassoon)
  • 1 × OLIVER (9-piece) HORN
  • 1 × OLIVER (9-piece) TRUMPET
  • 1 × OLIVER (9-piece) TROMBONE
  • 1 × OLIVER (9-piece) KEYBOARD / PIANO
  • 1 × OLIVER (9-piece) PERCUSSION
  • 1 × OLIVER (9-piece) BASS
  • 1 × OLIVER (9-piece) PIANO/CONDUCTOR ACT I
  • 1 × OLIVER (9-piece) PIANO/CONDUCTOR ACT II

PERFORM WITH PIANO ONLY

Theatrical Resources

Theatrical Resources on Sale

Optional Extras

OLIVER CML LOGO PACK (A$85.00)

Theatrical Resources on Hire

Optional Extras

OLIVER FULL SCORE SET (A$105.00)

  • 1 × OLIVER FULL SCORE VOLUME I
  • 1 × OLIVER FULL SCORE VOLUME II
  • 1 × OLIVER FULL SCORE VOLUME III
  • 1 × OLIVER FULL SCORE VOLUME IV

OLIVER9 FULL SCORE SET (A$105.00)

  • 1 × OLIVER (9-PIECE) FULL SCORE ACT I
  • 1 × OLIVER (9-PIECE) FULL SCORE ACT II

Visit our Theatrical Resource page to find out more.

Casting Information

Dance Requirement: Standard

Character Breakdown

OLIVER TWIST: the protagonist of the story. He is a lonely orphan boy born in the workhouse. Age 8-13. Soprano.

FAGIN: a conniving career criminal, takes in homeless boys and teaches them to pick pockets for him. Age 50-65. Baritone.

NANCY: Bill Sikes's lover. She takes a liking to Oliver and treats him like her own child. 21-32. Alto.

MR. BROWNLOW: Oliver's grandfather, a man of wealth and breeding. Age 50-75.

BILL SIKES: Nancy's brutal and abusive lover, a burglar and eventual murderer. Age 30-45. Baritone.

MR. BUMBLE: the pompous beadle of the workhouse in which Oliver was born. Age 45-65. Baritone.

THE ARTFUL DODGER: the cleverest of Fagin's pickpockets, he introduces Fagin to Oliver. Age 13-16. Soprano.

MR. SOWERBERRY: he and Mrs Sowerberry take Oliver in and use him in their funeral business. Age 40-60. Baritone.

MRS. SOWERBERRY: she and Mr Sowerberry take in Oliver and use him in their funeral business. Age 40-60. Soprano.

MRS. CORNEY: the matron of the workhouse where Oliver was born, later marries Mr. Bumble. Age 45-55. Soprano.

CHARLOTTE SOWERBERRY: the rude but also flirtatious daughter of the Sowerberrys. Age 14-19.

NOAH CLAYPOLE: The Sowerberrys' apprentice, he bullies Oliver about his mother and enjoys a flirty relationship with Charlotte. Age 13-20.

BET: Nancy's friend, one of Fagin's former pickpockets. Age 16-28. Alto.

CHARLEY BATES: one of Fagin's pickpockets. He is Dodger's sidekick.

MRS. BEDWIN: house-servant to Mr. Brownlow and caretaker of Oliver. Age 45-65. Soprano.

Detailed Synopsis

The curtain opens on the sinister interior of the workhouse with a bare dining table. Pale-faced wretches can be seen peering through the bars of the door at the back. The door opens and the boys file in to the table singing "Food, Glorious Food". Widow Corney, who runs the workhouse, and Mr Bumble, the parish beadle, enter to serve gruel to the boys. Alone amongst them Oliver takes the bowl to Bumble and asks, "Please, Sir, I want some more." Bumble is outraged. Oliver must go and so he hawks Oliver through the streets of London singing "Boy For Sale." Oliver is sold to Mr Sowerberry, the undertaker. Alone, plaintive and surrounded by coffins, Oliver sings, "Where Is Love?"

He runs away and meets the Artful Dodger who sings "Consider Yourself At Home". Oliver is taken to a hideout to meet Fagin and the apprentice thieves - they welcome Oliver with "You've Got To Pick a Pocket Or Two". Nancy, Bill Sykes girl, and Bet arrive and sing "It's A Fine Life". Next morning Oliver goes with the boys and is arrested by the police, not for picking pockets but simply for looking guilty.

In Act 2 Nancy sings "Oom-pah-pah". Fagin's boys tell of Oliver's arrest by the police but that, as he has been found to be innocent, he is now safe in the house of a kindly, rich gentleman. Fagin and Sykes despatch Nancy to get Oliver back. Meanwhile, Oliver has become a well-cared for little lad. Seeing London street-traders from his bedroom window he sings "Who Will Buy?", a plea that his good fortune will become permanent. However, outside the house he is captured by Nancy and she returns him to Fagin. Fagin sings "Reviewing the Situation" and thinks of going straight.

Bumble and Mrs Corney, now married, discover that Oliver is the heir to a rich family and try to get him back. A regretful Nancy plans to return Oliver to his benefactor. She is fearful of Sykes yet sings, "As Long As He Needs Me". Sykes stalks and kills her, grabs Oliver and, after a chase, is shot dead. Oliver is restored to his benefactor who, as it turns out, is his own grandfather. Fagin, now minus the boys, home and money, reprises "Reviewing the Situation".

Rates and Fees

Education and Community Theatre Rates.

Rehearsal Materials

Rehearsal Material on Hire
Minimum Hire fee: A$575.00 – 3 month(s) prior to final performance
Additional Hire fee: A$144.00 – per month

Orchestral Materials

Orchestral Material on Hire
Minimum Hire fee: A$357.00 – 1 month(s) prior to final performance
Additional Hire fee: A$123.00 – per month

Royalty Fees

16% of your ticket sales
Minimum: A$285.00 per performance

Other Fees

Booking and Handling Fee: A$69.00
Materials Security Deposit: from A$200.00 - A$500.00

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