The Barn Theatre, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire


Book, Music and Lyrics by Lionel Bart
Directed by Hannah Humbles
Co-Directed by Amanda Sayers
Choreographer Tammy Wall
Musical Director Rachel Davies
18th – 27th April 2024 at 7:30pm
Matinees on 20th and 27th at 2:30pm

Duration: 2 hrs 30 mins including a 20-minute interval.

Oom-pah-pah! Oom-pah-pah! That’s how it goes!

Oliver! is the perfect musical for our credit crunch times, packed with unhealthy school dinners, growing poverty and kids drawn to gang culture and crime. It will steal your heart. Please sir, can I have some more?
Alun Palmer, Mirror
Special thanks go to Green Room Productions for the loan of some costumes.


Bringing Charles Dickens’ beloved novel to life, Lionel Bart’s Oliver! takes audiences on a wild adventure through Victorian England. Join young, orphaned Oliver Twist as he navigates London’s underworld of theft and violence, searching for a home, a family, and – most importantly – love. When Oliver is picked up on the street by a boy named the Artful Dodger, he’s welcomed into a gang of child pickpockets led by the conniving, but charismatic, Fagin. When he’s falsely accused of a theft he didn’t commit, Oliver is rescued by a kind and wealthy gentleman, to the dismay of Fagin’s violent sidekick, Bill Sikes. Caught in the middle is the warm-hearted Nancy, who’s trapped under Bill’s thumb, but desperate to help Oliver, with tragic results. With spirited, timeless songs such as As Long as He Needs Me, Food, Glorious Food, and Where Is Love?Oliver! is a musical classic.

Children Teams : Below is a list of which children will appear in which performance. If you need further detail, please talk to the production team.

18th April, 7.30pm – Rascals
19th April, 7.30pm – Urchins
20th April, 2.30pm – Rascals
20th April, 7.30pm – Urchins
22nd April, 7.30pm – Rascals
23rd April, 7.30pm – Urchins
24th April, 7.30pm – Urchins
25th April, 7.30pm – Rascals
26th April, 7.30pm – Rascals
27th April, 2.30pm – Urchins
27th April, 7.30pm – Rascals


Directed by
Hannah Humbles
Co-Directed by
Amanda Sayers
Tammy Wall
Musical Director
Rachel Davies


Oliver! secured a combined total of 19 Academy Award nominations, the most nominations for musicals from one studio in a year.
His (Bart’s) Oliver! remains as good and revivable as anything he wrote.
Benedict Nightingale, The Times


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Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Statement

At the Barn we are committed to promoting equality and challenging discrimination in all its forms. We strive to create a safe and inclusive environment for all members of the cast and creative team, regardless of their race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity and will work to prevent any form of discrimination or harassment within our organisation.

Part 1, 18th Jan 8pm

Part 2, 19th Jan 8pm

Parts 1+2 20th Jan 2.30pm

Part 1, 23rd Jan 8pm

Part 2, 24th Jan 8pm

Part 1, 25th Jan 8pm

Part 2, 26th Jan 8pm

Part 1, 27th Jan 2.30pm

Part 2,  27th Jan 8pm