Oliver! For sale! Tickets launch date announced for cathedral musical

Tickets for this summer’s highly anticipated production of Oliver! at Lincoln Cathedral will go on sale next month.

Sales begin at 10am on Monday, April 8 from the cathedral website and shop.

The much-loved musical will be performed in the cathedral nave between August 5 and August 16.

The Starring Lincoln Theatre Company will bring the streets of Victorian London to life with a cast of more than 150 local people.

Producers promise it will be an “unforgettable experience” in one of the most iconic buildings in the world.

Tickets for Oliver! at Lincoln Cathedral go on sale on April 8. Photo: The Starring Lincoln Theatre Company

Previous productions by the Starring Lincoln Theatre Company at the cathedral have included Jesus Christ Superstar and Jekyll and Hyde, which have each played a part in the company’s growing reputation.

Ben Poole, Director of Oliver!, said: “I urge people to get in early, the previous performances of Jekyll and Hyde and Jesus Christ superstar sold out very quickly, we wouldn’t want anybody to miss out on what will be a magnificent event.

“This production is very special, it’s performed in the round so the audience is very close to the action.

“And wow, with 150 voices, an outstanding orchestra and some of the most stupendously talented performers on show, everyone who buys a ticket will have an amazing time.

“People come from all over the UK to see these shows and they often can’t believe what we manage to achieve. I know we’ve gone to another level this time round, I can’t wait for people to see it.

“What’s truly satisfying is that the show is produced and performed by the people of Lincoln. The city has come together to create a genuine cultural highlight, and that’s something everybody associated with our wonderful city should be very proud of. ”

Behind the scenes at the Oliver! rehearsals. Photo: Richard Hall

The Very Reverend Christine Wilson, Dean of Lincoln said that she is delighted to be welcoming the cast and audience to Lincoln Cathedral: “The production is a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together both to perform and to enjoy the show in a unique setting,” she said.

Director Ben Poole. Photo: Richard Hall

The Dean also added that it is an opportunity for reflection on the sometimes challenging themes of the story, such as child exploitation and domestic violence. “While these may seem distant from our everyday lives, they are very real and current concerns, and this is an opportunity to encourage people to question how we respond to these issues today.

“I’m looking forward to the cast bringing to life the iconic characters and can’t wait to hear the wonderful songs fill the Nave,” she concluded.

Behind the scenes at the Oliver! rehearsals. Photo: Richard Hall

Oscar Hewitt as Bill Sykes. Photo: Richard Hall

Tickets will be available from 10am on Monday, April 8 and can purchased online at www.lincolncathedral.com, in the Cathedral shop or by calling Lincoln Cathedral on 01522 561658.