A History Of Oliver!
Oliver! played for over three years at the London Palladium (1,366 performances), grossing £40 million at the Box Office.
690 children from Inverness to the Isle of Wight appeared at the London Palladium. For the 1998-99 UK Tour the children rehearsed for four full weeks before their first performances, with two teams of approximately 18 children at each venue.
Oliver! has played in 22 different languages: Basque, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Faroese, Finnish, French, Frisian, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Slovakian, Spanish and Swedish.
Artists who have appeared as Fagin include: Russ Abbott, Jim Dale, Roy Hudd, Barry Humphries, Robert Lindsay, Ron Moody, Jonathan Pryce, Rowan Atkinson, Omid Djalili and Griff Rhys Jones.
Artists who have appeared as The Artful Dodger include: Phil Collins, Davy Jones (from the Monkees), Anthony Newley and Jack Wild.
Artists who have appeared as Oliver include: Mark Lester and Dennis Waterman.
The name ‘Artful Dodger’ is variously translated. In Hungarian it is Pitkakynsi meaning light-fingered. In Swedish it is Raven meaning the sly and cunning fox. In Hebrew it is Ha’Chamkan which translates as Slippery Roger.
In Food Glorious Food the boys dream of cold jelly and custard but in foreign translations of productions, some of the local delicacies boys dream of are; a fresh fish (Finland), goulash soup and chestnut puree (Hungary), huge cakes and pork chops (Poland), meat pudding (Sweden), porkham (Japan).
- The recent London Drury Lane production was nominated for 3 Olivier awards including Best Musical Revival.
- The total number of performances for the recent London run was 866.
- During its recent residence at Drury Lane, Oliver! played to nearly 1.5million people (1,482,663)!
- The production ran for 108 weeks – just over 2 years – and it had 4 actors who played Fagin – Rowan Atkinson, Omid Djalili , Russ Abbot and Griff Rhys Jones.
- 1963 Lionel Bart won Tony Award for Best Composer and Lyricist
- 1963 Sean Kenny won Tony Award for Set Design
- 1968 Film of Oliver! directed by Carol Reed won 6 Oscars for Best Picture, best director, best art direction, best achievement in sound, best musical score, best choreography
- 1968 Ron Moody received an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe Award for his role as Fagin in the film version
- 1984 Ron Moody was nominated for a Tony Award for outstanding performance by an actor in a musical
- 1997 Robert Lindsay won an Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his role as Fagin