Whether it’s the thought of food – glorious food! – or an orphan finding friends and a family to love beyond the grey walls of the Victorian workhouse, there’s no doubt that Oliver! – the record-breaking musical based on Charles Dickens’s much-loved novel – is full of Christmas cheer.
Putting those thoughts of cold jelly and custard to one side, there’s plenty to delight both adults and children, who are set to get that festive feeling while watching sweet-mannered Oliver ask for more before pairing with the artful dodger, picking a pocket or two under the instruction of master-criminal Fagin, being mothered a little by the well-meaning Nancy, dodging the dangerous Bill Sykes and finding a new home and some lovely, well-to-do long-lost relatives.
And with an all-star cast, enduringly popular story line and a sweeping musical score by Lionel Bart , Oliver’s added Oom Pah Pah is sure to wow even those who consider themselves experienced theatre-goers. Especially as the director himself has promised ‘never before has a show given more!’
I’d do anything to be at London’s Palladium this winter – especially as Oliver! will shy from the limelight on January 8, 2011.
Since you’ve got to pick a pocket or two, don’t forget to check our hotel and ticket packages before you steal away to London this Christmas!