Stage is set for a classic story

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One of Charles Dickens’ best-loved tales will have audiences begging ‘Please sir – may I have some more?’ when it is brought to life on the Sheffield stage.

The Star can exclusively reveal that Lionel Bart’s all-singing, all-dancing, award-winning Oliver! has been confirmed as Sheffield Theatres’ Christmas musical.

Artistic director Daniel Evans is hoping to emulate the success of last year’s My Fair Lady, starring homegrown talent Dominic West, which played to sell-out audiences and won critical acclaim.

The theatre boss has brought back the production’s designer Peter McKintosh and choreographer Alistair David to help transport theatre-goers to the mean streets of Victorian London for this year’s show.

Oliver! is the ultimate rags to riches story which follows the story of an orphan who runs away from a workhouse and falls in with a gang of boys trained to be pickpockets by gang leader Fagin.

Since premiering in the West End in 1960, the musical – which includes tunes such as Food Glorious Food and Consider Yourself – has become a firm favourite with audiences.

Cast members have yet to be decided but tickets for the musical, which runs at the Crucible from November 29 to January 25, will go on sale to members on May 18 and to the general public on May 25.

On top of this, Sheffield Theatres has today announced four new shows coming Lyceum Theatre this autumn.

Thriller Live, bringing to life the sensational dancing and distinctive sound of Michael Jackson comes in October, followed by Priscilla Queen of the Desert starring HearSay’s Noel Sullivan.

In November another Dickens classic will take to the stage in Northern Ballet’s A Christmas Carol and the festivities will continue with Slava’s Snow Show from November 20 until November 24.

n For more details or to book visit sheffieldtheatres.co.uk or call the Box Office on 0114 249 6000.