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Curve is pleased to announce an additional week of performances of Oliver! thanks to public demand and record ticket sales. The extra week adds 8 performances and gives audiences up until 23 January to see this new production of Lionel Bart’s award-winning musical directed by Paul Kerryson.
The announcement of an extra week of Oliver performances comes on top of Curve’s recent addition of 100 new seats in the auditorium and the staging of Roald Dahl’s The Witches meaning more people than ever can enjoy a Christmas show at Curve.
One of the nation’s most popular musicals, Curve’s production of Oliver! features Peter Polycarpou in the role of Fagin and, for the additional performances, Laura Pitt-Pulford playing the role of Nancy following her award-nominated performance as Maria in Curve’s 2014 Christmas production of The Sound of Music.
Marking the first Christmas under Curve’s new leadership team of Chief Executive Chris Stafford and Artistic Director Nikolai Foster, the announcement comes at the end of Curve’s most successful year to date, which saw the theatre’s turnover reach £7.8m, their highest since opening in 2008.
Chris Stafford said:
“Just like Oliver, our audiences have asked for more and we’re thrilled to be able to extend our run of this classic musical. Combined with our production of Roald Dahl’s The Witches directed by Artistic Director Nikolai Foster, Curve has never been a better place to come and celebrate the festive season with all the family.”
Based on Charles Dickens’ classic novel, Oliver! tells the tale of the orphan, apprenticed to an undertaker, who runs away and is taken in by a gang of urchins before finding happiness at Mr Brownlow’s Bloomsbury home. Along the way Oliver and the audience meet iconic characters such as the blusterous Mr Bumble, the conniving Fagin, caring Nancy, fearsome Bill Sykes and of course the mischievous Artful Dodger and are treated to songs including Food, Glorious Food, Consider Yourself, You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two, It’s a Fine Life and I’d Do Anything.