This Dickensian classic is a rollercoaster ride of big emotions and sing-a-long-able tunes.
Dir Carol Reed
With Mark Lester, Ron Moody, Oliver Reed, Shani Wallis
Winner of six Academy Awards, Oliver! is deservedly the most enduringly popular British musical. Composer-lyricist Lionel Bart reworked Dickens without blunting his edge, while director Carol Reed wholly delivers on spectacle and big emotion. Mark Lester charms in the title role and Oliver Reed (Carol’s nephew) is a monstrous Bill Sykes, but it’s Shani Wallis’ Nancy who wins our hearts, especially in the rousing ‘Oom-Pah-Pah’.