Oliver! breaks records

Sheffield Theatre's Production of Oliver! at the Crucible Theatre'''Ben Richards as 'Bill Sikes
Sheffield Theatre's Production of Oliver! at the Crucible Theatre'''Ben Richards as 'Bill Sikes
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Theatre lovers were definitely asking for more after Sheffield Theatres’ production of Oliver! broke box office records.

Some 55,000 people watched the show, directed by the company’s artistic director Daniel Evans, at The Crucible over the Christmas season.

A Sheffield Theatres spokesman said: “Following on from the critically-acclaimed production of My Fair Lady last year, currently nominated in this year’s WhatsOnStage awards for Best Regional Production, Oliver! proved to be hugely popular with audiences, making it the most successful production ever to be produced by Sheffield Theatres.

“The musical also contributed to making this year one of the most successful Christmas periods seen by the theatres with over 105,000 people visiting Sheffield to see Oliver!, pantomime Jack and The Beanstalk in the Lyceum Theatre, and The Boy Who Cried Wolf in the Studio Theatre.”

Featuring Tom Edden, from One Man, Two Guvnors, as Fagin; Hayley Gallivan, from Wicked, as Nancy; and Ben Richards, pictured, who has previously starred in 9 to 5 and Footballers’ Wives, as Bill Sikes, professional actors took to the stage alongside 60 children from across the region.

The young actors included Samual Bailey and Jack Skilbeck-Dunn as Oliver Twist and Jack Armstrong and Travis Caddy as the Artful Dodger.

One of Sheffield Theatres’ forthcoming productions is Translations, which is being put on in partnership with English Touring Theatre and Rose Theatre Kingston. It runs from February 13 to March 8.

n Voting closes for the WhatsOnStage awards, in which Sheffield Theatres’ production of My Fair Lady is nominated, today. The awards will be announced on February 23.