Please, sir, more seats

Show, glorious, show: Young classmates join their teacher Paddy Birbeck for Westbourne School's production of musical Oliver!
Show, glorious, show: Young classmates join their teacher Paddy Birbeck for Westbourne School's production of musical Oliver!
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HE’S the boy who asked for more… and so did the audience.

When Westbourne School in Broomhill announced popular show Oliver! as its school production, it quickly became clear seats would sell quickly.

So the action moved out of the school hall where The Wire star Dominic West learned his craft - and into the Montgomery Theatre in Sheffield city centre.

“We couldn’t believe the interest,” said spokeswoman Angela Bywater. “It was obvious we needed greater capacity and, in a show where the lead character asks for more, we had to oblige!”

The show enjoyed a two-night sell out run at the Montgomery, featuring Severin Gale as Oliver - and the school’s director of studies Paddy Birbeck as wily Fagin.