Lionel Bart’s classic musical masterpiece has been a staple of musical theatre since it debuted in 1960.

See also:

Related Equipment:

Patt.23 (1953 - 1983)
Patt.43 / Patt.43A / Patt.43B / Patt.43C (1925 approx - 1960)
Patt.50 / 50A / 50B (1935 - 1953)
Patt.53 (1953 - )
Patt.73 (1936 - 1953)
Patt.123 (1957 - 1978)
Patt.243 (1960-1978)
BigTow Winch


LSI: Oliver (January 1995)
[6.71Mb PDF]
From Lighting & Sound International

Entertainment Technology - ETC Lights Up Oliver (April 2009)
[2.15Mb PDF]

Journal Entries

Designing Oliver (TABS - 1960)
by Sean Kenny

Illuminating Oliver (TABS - 1960)
by John Wyckham

Oliver at the New Theatre (TABS - 1960)

Seeing Oliver (TABS - 1960)
by K.R.Ackerman

Oliver! (Live! - 1995)
by Louise Strickland

The New Theatre (now the Noel Coward Theatre)

30 June 1960 – September 1967 (2,618 performances)

Directed by Peter Coe
Costumes & Set: Sean Kenny
Choreography: Malcolm Clare
Lighting: John Wyckham
Orchestrations: Eric Rogers
Musical Director: Marcus Dods

The article ‘Illuminating Oliver’ above reveals there was a total of 65 lighting cues in the show.

1977 – 1979

Revived by Cameron Mackintosh, using the same Sean Kenny set.

London Palladium

8 December 1994 – 21 February 1998 (1366 performances)

Director: Sam Mendes
Producer: Cameron Mackintosh
Designer: Anthony Ward
Musical Staging: Matthew Bourne
Lighting: David Hersey
Sound: Paul Groothius & Mike Walker
Music Supervisor: Martin Koch
Orchestrator: William David Brohn

Rob Halliday: “There were two programmers, one running the theatre’s Galaxy with the conventional lights, and me running an Arri Imagine 3 controlling ten VL5s and twelve VL6s plus the scrollers (but not those lights!), then with a Macintosh controlling ten Pitching Digital Light Curtains.”

Theatre Royal Drury Lane

2008 – January 2011: 828 performances

Director – Laurence Connor
Producer – Cameron Mackintosh, Southbrook Group and Stage Entertainment UK
Lighting Design – Paule Constable
Sound Design – Paul Groothuis
Costume Design – Anthony Ward
Scenic Design – Totie Driver and Adrian Vaux
Choreography – Matthew Bourne
Musical Director – Toby Higgins
Orchestrations – William David Brohn
Musical Supervisor – Stephen Brooker
Additional Choreography and Restaging – Geoffrey Garratt


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