Presented by Colchester Operatic Society in association with the Mercury Theatre.
‘Consider yourself one of us’ and join Colchester Operatic Society and Colchester Operatic Society Second Edition for a new and exciting venture in association with the Mercury Theatre. Celebrate as we join forces to bring you one of London’s most popular musicals Oliver! in the Mercury’s brand new off-site temporary location, Mercury at Abbey Field. The Mercury has worked with Colchester Operatic many times in the past, but this will be the first full collaboration, combining professional creatives with local community actors and children.
Poor Oliver is stuck begging for more supper in a workhouse until he pushes his luck one too many times and is sold to a cruel undertaker. Unsurprisingly, this life proves to be just as bad, so Oliver soon escapes to London. Here, he is taken in by Fagin and the Artful Dodger who show him just how to ‘Pick a Pocket or Two’; he then meets the charming Nancy, who may turn out to be his only true friend in this wild and exciting world. But, when Oliver’s intended ‘mark’, Mr Brownlow, takes pity on the boy and offers him a new life, Fagin’s henchman Bill Sikes gets word and plots to kidnap the boy, to disastrous effect…
Oliver! promises to be an event not to be missed, packed full of song, dance and Oom-pah-pah!
Book, Music and Lyrics by Lionel Bart.
This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe)
All authorised performance materials are also supplied by MTI Europe www.mtishows.co.uk
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Oliver! Audition Information
We’d love for you to join us for this exciting collaboration and become part of the family! Please find all the information you need about our open auditions below. If you have any further queries please don’t hesitate to email the team at Colchester Operatic Society (email@example.com).
Applications for the roles of Nancy, Bet, Oliver, Artful Dodger, Workhouse Kid and Fagin’s Gang have now closed, if you’d like to be involved in the show in a different role or as part of the adult chorus there is still time to register your interest. Find out more by downloading the pack below.
Click here to download our general information pack.
Click here for the casting breakdown.
Mercury at Abbey Field
- Abbey Field, Circular Road East Lower, Colchester, CO2 7SZ
Box Office: 01206 573948
The Mercury at Abbey Field has an increased seating capacity of over 800 seats and will be completely undercover, fully heated, with full bar, kiosks and toilets. The Mercury are confident that this temporary venue will offer a stunning, fully-accessible and unique theatre-going experience for their valued customers, combining the high level of service and facilities they have come to expect from the theatre, with an unforgettable new style of venue. Find Out More