Past Event1 Jul - 3 Jul 2022


No longer available

Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre, Aotea Centre


Consider yourself at home with Lionel Bart's classic musical based on Charles Dickens' novel, Oliver Twist.

Lionel Bart’s Oliver! takes audiences on a wild adventure through Victorian England. Join young, orphaned Oliver as he navigates the London’s underworld, searching for a home - a family!

When Oliver is picked up on the street by a boy named the Artful Dodger, he is welcomed into a gang of child pickpockets led by the conniving, but charismatic, Fagin. When Oliver is falsely accused of a theft he didn’t commit, he is rescued by a kind and wealthy gentleman, to the dismay of Fagin’s violent sidekick, Bill Sikes. Caught in the middle is the warm-hearted Nancy, who is trapped under Bill’s thumb, but desperate to help Oliver.

Lionel Bart’s lush, magical score is full of irresistible songs including “Food Glorious Food,” “Consider Yourself,” “You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two,” “I’d Do Anything,” “As Long As He Needs Me,” “Where is Love” and many more.

National Youth Theatre’s production will feature a cast of over 250 of Auckland’s young performers from all over the Auckland region, they will bring these classic characters and score to life.

Warm your heart, and your soul with the perfect family musical – OLIVER! The Tony Award-Winning musical comes to the Aotea Centre for a strictly limited season of only four public performances.

A few reviews from our recent productions…

"The variety, the quality, the professionalism, the sheer entertainment factor were such a joy to experience. It was quite a feat to get all of that together."

"NYT does it again. Despite Covid lockdowns and other interruptions leaving little time for rehearsal, the huge cast of youngsters performed with verve, enthusiasm and talent. It was a great show. Thank you NYT."

"Can I just say, WOW! I was absolutely blown away by the high calibre of talent, costumes, choreography and of course – the music! What an awesome production, you must be so proud."

National Youth Theatre – Changing Lives from the Stage


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UPDATE 28 Jan 2022: A message from National Youth Theatre

Due to gathering restrictions under the Red traffic light setting of the COVID-19 Protection Framework, our production of OLIVER! which was scheduled for 25 -27 FEB, 2022 has been postponed.

With the support of our Board, Auckland Live and Music Theatre International - Australasia we have made the decision to reschedule our OLIVER! performances.

Thank you to all those who have purchased tickets already, your tickets remain valid for the rescheduled performance dates.

Please stay safe and we look forward to seeing you all soon.

These are the rescheduled dates for the performances:
Friday 1 July, 7pm (originally Friday 25 February, 7pm)
Saturday 2 July, 1.30pm (originally Saturday 26 February, 1.30pm)
Saturday 2 July, 7pm (originally Saturday 26 February, 7pm)
Sunday 3 July, 1.30pm (originally Sunday 27 February, 1.30pm)

If you are unable to attend the new dates and require a refund, please contact Ticketmaster here.

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