27th to 30th November 2019

“Oliver!” is the classic story of a malnourished orphan in a workhouse who becomes the neglected apprentice of an undertaker. Oliver escapes to London and finds acceptance amongst a group of petty thieves and pickpockets led by Fagin.


When Oliver is captured for a theft that he did not commit, the benevolent victim, Mr. Brownlow takes him in. Fearing for the safety of his hideout, Fagin employs the sinister Bill Sikes and the sympathetic Nancy to kidnap him back, threatening Oliver’s chances of discovering the true love of a family.

The show is one of the few musicals to win an Academy Award for Best Picture and is widely hailed as a true theatrical masterpiece by actors and audience members alike. It was performed by the Players, nearly 20 years ago in 2000.


Director Lisa says;

          “For as long as long as I can remember, I’ve been obsessed with musicals and “Oliver” in particular. I have loved directing this timeless classic, getting to know the characters in much more detail, superbly portrayed by my incredible cast. My excitement for you, our audiences on stepping into the streets of Victorian London and meeting the likes of Oliver, Dodger, Nancy and Fagin is palpable and on behalf of the society, I look forward to welcoming you, helping you to consider themselves part of the Richings Players family!”

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Musical Director

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Beth Mackerness

Lead Choreographer & Mrs Corney

Ley Dobson


Phoebe Pearson-Hall

Choreographer & Bet

Emily Pledge

Oliver Twist

Lewis Williams

Oliver Twist

Pippa Gabella

The Artful Dodger

Bronte Delasalle

The Artful Dodger

Jamie Doyle-McCloskey


Will Torrent

Bill Sikes

Evelyn Stafford-Allen


Howard Gibbs

Mr Bumble

Robert Gooding

Mr Brownlow

Malcolm Roberts

Mr Sowerberry

Rachel Lewis

Mrs Sowerberry

Kaitlin Florida-James


Harry Williams

Harry Williams

Liam Tebbit

Dr Grimwig

Laura Coady

Mrs Bedwin

Lesley Willoughby

Old Sally

Ava Cassidy-Roberts

Charley Bates

Workhouse Orphans

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Miraya Burton, Maggie Coady, Heidi Coles, Alessia Dolby, Abigail Fox, Dhani Khatker, Sophie Kightley, Isabell Lucas, Grace Pergusey, Lois Perriman, Martha Price and Etta Vigurs

Fagin's Gang

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Edith Coady, James Chalklen, Olivia Clements, Grace Fox, Kaitlin Florida-James, Guy Keen, Joshua Pergusey, Emily Pledge, Lilian Price, Emily Rayner, Rhiannon Tuckwell and Lily Vinall




 Keyboards – Toby Stafford-Allen
 Reed 1 & 2 - Kathryn Underhill
 Reed 3 - Erica Tugwell
 Horn - Peter Torrent
 Double Bass - David Tugwell
 Percussion - James Vigurs
 Violin - Sally Vigurs

Production Assistants - Phoebe Pearson-Hall and Ian Delasalle

Set Design - Richard Evans with Lisa Delasalle

Sound - Robin Bishop

Lighting - Les Brewer

Stage Manager - Richard Evans

Stage Crew - Haydn Parnell, Archie Copas, Harry Copas, David Bainbridge, Josh Grayson

Set Construction & Painting - Members of the Society

Costume Design - Charlotte Hutton

Costume Team - Linda Lucas, Joan Gibbs, Carol Quance, Kathryn Pike

Hair & Make Up Design - Pippa Vinall

Front of House & Refreshments - Maddy Swart, Anne Torrent, Peter Torrent and Members of the Society

Box Office - Paul & Lis Dunham

Photography - Ley Dobson

Poster, Programme Design & Publicity - Will Torrent