“Consider yourself at home” with the classic musical, OLIVER! based on the Charles Dickens’ beloved novel, Oliver Twist. The story is set in Victorian England and chronicles the orphan boy’s search for home, family and most importantly, love. Oliver’s adventures start with his mistreatment in a London workhouse, becoming a neglected apprentice of an undertaker, and escaping to find acceptance among a group of petty thieves and pickpockets led by the elderly Fagin.
The London Bridge is featured in OLIVER! and this year, October 2021, commemorates the 50th anniversary of the opening of Lake Havasu’s landmark, the world’s largest antique. Not only is the bridge an important setting in the story but it is also symbolic. Bridges exist to link two places that would otherwise be separated by an uncrossable chasm. The meeting on the London Bridge represents the collision of two worlds unlikely ever to come into contact—the idyllic world of Mr. Brownlow and Rose, and the atmosphere of degradation in which Nancy lives. On the bridge, Nancy is given the chance to cross over to the better way of life that the others represent, but she rejects that opportunity, and by the time the three have all left the bridge, that possibility has vanished forever. The present bridge (built in 1972) is the fourth London Bridge in England and replaced the bridge which was sold and rebuilt in Arizona, USA. The steps on the west side of the south end of London Bridge are known as Nancy’s Steps from Dickens’ Oliver Twist.
Come see this talented cast of local performers in Oliver! on Friday, October 8th at 7:30 p.m. For ticket information, please visit graceartslive.com