Oliver - Australian Production 1966 Melbourne
Her Majesty's Theatre Nelbourne
Cast: Dale Adams, Shane Meredith, Keith Reid, Ormonde Douglas, Marion Edward, Deidre McDonald, Alton Harvey, Christine Calcutt, Gail Esler, Rod Dunbar, Richard Wordsworth, John Diedrich, Peter MacArthur, Christopher Pratt, Toni Lamond, Lynette Murray, Terry McDermott
The plot of Dickens’ original novel is considerably simplified for the purposes of the musical, with Fagin being represented more as a comic character than as a villain, and large portions of the latter part of the story being completely left out. (It may well be that Bart based his musical on David Lean’s film, rather than Dickens’ book). Although Dickens’ novel has been called antisemitic in its portrayal of the Jew Fagin as evil, the production by Bart (himself a Jew) was more sympathetic and featured many Jewish actors in leading roles: Ron Moody (Ronald Moodnik), Georgia Brown (Lilian Klot), and Martin Horsey.
This Original 1966 Program is from the Australian Production at the Her Majesty's Theatre Melbourne.
Size 140 x 210 mm and Pages 25
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Condition: Used Looks Good - Playbill / Program
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I actually wasn’t entirely sure that I was ordering an original 1966 program or a facsimile so I was really delighted to receive such a well preserved edition. I still find it amazing though how few photos were included and NO biographies of any of the children, including those performing the titular role. That seems very inconsiderate and truly incomprehensible by today’s standards.