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

See also: 


Oliver London Cast
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Oliver Original Cast
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Oliver! London Cast
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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)
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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 (1960)

Illuminating Oliver (1960)

Oliver at the New Theatre (1960)

Seeing Oliver (1960)

Planning of the Oliver! National Tour (1966)

More of Oliver! (1973)

Oliver! (1995)

The New Theatre (now the Noel Coward Theatre)

30 June 1960 – 10 September 1966 (2,618 performances ?TBC)

Reopened at the Piccadilly Theatre (26 April 1967 – )
Barry Humphries as Fagin

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.

Previews 21 December 1977, Opened 28 December 1977, Closed 20 September 1980
Revived by Cameron Mackintosh, using the same Sean Kenny set.
Directed by Robin Midgley and Larry Oaks, based on the original by Peter Coe, with designs by Sean Kenny.

Aldwych Theatre

Previews 14 December 1983; Opened 20 December 1983; Closed 14 January 1984 
Limited season prior to transfer to Broadway – Mark Hellinger Theatre (April 1984) where it ran for just under three weeks (after two weeks of previews).
Starring Ron Moody, Patti Lupone

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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