Camberwell Grammar has a rich history with the ever-popular musical Oliver!, having tackled it on three previous occasions – in 1976, 1981, and 1988 to great acclaim each time. 

This year's production in May was no different. From the opening act, the audience was transported to the streets and sights of Victorian London. Head of Drama Mr Andrew Stocker’s production showcased both the brilliance of Lionel Bart's composition and the exceptional talent of the extensive cast, ranging from Years 5 to 12. The audience was instantly captivated by the infectious energy and the singing of the ensemble; their theatrical talents set the stage for an evening filled with classic song after song. Accompanying those on stage, Musical Director, Alex St Vincent Welsh, led a hugely impressive band of twenty-one musicians, made up of both staff and students.

Mr Mark Wager’s elaborate and detailed sets transported us effortlessly between the gritty streets of London, Fagin's den, and the opulent homes of the upper class. Mrs Jennifer Bennie’s costumes, with their intricate period details, added another layer of authenticity to the production while paying homage to the characters that we know so well from stage and screen. The cast was sublime, bringing these favourite characters to life - Fagin, The Artful Dodger, kind-hearted Nancy, and the villainous Bill Sykes. 

It was a triumphant celebration of the enduring power of musical theatre and effectively captured the essence of Charles Dickens' classic novel, pleasing both avid theatre enthusiasts and newcomers alike, and reminding us why Oliver! continues to resonate with audiences of all ages.