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A Programme for the World Premier of 'Oliver' at the Wimbledon Theatre in June 1960

 

A Programme for the World Premier of 'Oliver' at the Wimbledon Theatre in June 1960

Above - A Programme for the World Premier of 'Oliver' at the Wimbledon Theatre in June 1960

In June 1960 the Wimbledon Theatre was host to the World Premier of a new musical by Lionel Bart which would go on to become one of Britain's best loved musicals of all time. The show was called 'Oliver' and was based on Charles Dicken's 'Oliver Twist.'

Oliver opened at the Wimbledon Theatre on the 10th of June 1960 for a two week run before transferring to the West End's New Theatre, now the Noel Coward Theatre, where it opened on June the 30th and went on to run for a staggering 2,618 performances. In the original cast were Ron Moody, Georgia Brown, Keith Hamshere, and the then mostly unknown Barry Humphries, who would later go on to find fame as Dame Edna Everage.

A Programme for the World Premier of 'Oliver' at the Wimbledon Theatre in June 1960

A Programme for the World Premier of 'Oliver' at the Wimbledon Theatre in June 1960

A Programme for the World Premier of 'Oliver' at the Wimbledon Theatre in June 1960 A Programme for the World Premier of 'Oliver' at the Wimbledon Theatre in June 1960

Above - A Programme and ticket stubs for the 18th of June 1960 for the World Premier of 'Oliver' at the Wimbledon Theatre

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