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Thursday, January 25, 2024

Young 'Uns to stage Oliver! musical next month

* The cast of Oliver! to be staged next month by Llangollen Operatic's Young 'Uns. Picture by Barrie Potter.

Llangollen Operatic's junior section, the Young 'Uns, will explore the dark and threatening world of Victorian London - but with a lively musical "twist" - when they stage Oliver! at the Town Hall next month.

The popular group's 33rd production since it was founded in 1990 takes place from Thursday-Saturday, February 22-24, at 7.30pm, with a 2pm matinee of the last day.

Oliver! is a stage musical, with book, music and lyrics by Lionel Bart. The musical is based upon the 1838 novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens.

It follows the tale of young Oliver from his early days in a grim workhouse, his escape to London where he meets up with the gag of trainee thieves led by the old rogue Fagin and the trials he faces at the hands of the villainous robber Bill Sikes.   

Production team for the Young 'Uns version is Robin Crowley (artistic director), Julian Cattley (musical director) Pamela Williams (producer), Deirdre Smith (assistant producer) and Sarah Marshal (choreographer).

There's a young cast of 27 the oldest of whom is 18-year-old Heledd Edwards, who has had prominent roles in previous Young 'Uns shows, and is due to leave the group after this production. 

* Tickets are available from or Llangollen Tourist Information, Jades Hair and Beauty, Llangollen Oggie Shop & Fine Foods.

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