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Musical (1960)

Musique: Lionel Bart
Paroles: Lionel Bart
Livret: Lionel Bart

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Drury Lane Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)

Durée : 1 an 11 mois 4 semaines
Nombre : 829 représentations
Première Preview : samedi 13 décembre 2008
Première : mercredi 14 janvier 2009
Dernière : samedi 08 janvier 2011
Mise en scène : Sam Mendes • Rupert Goold
Chorégraphie : Matthew Bourne
Avec : Rowan Atkinson (Fagin), Jodie Prenger/Tamsin Carroll (Nancy ), Burn Gorman (Bill Sykes), Julius D’Silva (Mr Bumble) , Wendy Ferguson (Widow Corney) , Julian Bleach (Mr Sowerberry), Louise Gold (Mrs Sowerberry) Laurence Jeffcoate/Gwion Wyn Jones/Harry Stott (Oliver), Eric Dibb Fuller/Ross McCormack/Robert Madge (Artful Dodger)
Commentaires : Although based on the 1994 Palladium production, some new dance sequences were created and the Palladium prologue was removed. The show now opened, as it originally did in 1960, with the workhouse children entering, singing “Food Glorious Food”. The roles of Nancy and Oliver were cast via another BBC reality TV series. When Rowan Atkinson fell ill in April 2009, Russ Abbot took over for three months, after which Fagin was played by Omid Djalili. In December 2009, Griff Rhys Jones took over for six months, with Russ Abbot returning for another six months. Even before opening night, the show had broken all box-office records at Drury Lane (doubtless due to the TV publicity). For the final month, Griff Rhys Jones returned to see show to its triumphant end on January 8 th , 2011.
Presse : CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "A cracking night of tuneful entertainment...It's absolutely fantastic showbiz." MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, " Although this is sanitised Dickens, Bart manages to write some thumping good tunes...Rowan Atkinson turns in a sprightly, distinctive performance...Jodie Prenger as Nancy ...acquits herself extremely well."QUENTIN LETTS for THE DAILY MAIL says, "Rowan Atkinson, playing that warped scout master Fagin, was the eyebrow-wriggling, funny-walking, laugh-wringing supremo of the show...Jodie Prenger, who won the part of the doomed, decent Nancy in a primetime BBC1 talent show, stands up to the test like a sturdy galleon...Anyone who needs cheering up should get along to Drury Lane sharpish and catch this humdinger of a night." MICHAEL COVENEY for THE INDEPENDENT says, "Well, is it a great musical? Yes. Is Rowan Atkinson any good as Fagin? Fairly good, fairly funny, but he can't sing very well... [Jodie Prenger] Her voice is okay, but she can't act and she doesn't have the depth of lung power to fill a plastic bag, let alone a West End theatre on a nightly basis...A masterpiece is restored, but not in its fullest glory." BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, "Jodie Prenger...went on to prove herself a tough, coarse, credible presence with a big, robust voice...Oliver! remains as good and revivable as anything he [Bart] wrote." NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "I felt director Rupert Goold, came up with a traditional, unadventurous Oliver."