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STAG's Spring production

First night: A huge success


Tickets are still available on the door from our box offices and online through Brown Paper Tickets

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Oliver! (poster & flier)


Tonight’s production comes ten years after the Young STAG’s first distinguished themselves with this very show. We anticipate a repeat success for the Young STAGs, and some not quite so young.  The cast features many familiar faces and welcomes many new ones, we are delighted to add.  Some even took part in our original 2007 production. This is another chance for everyone to come together and shine in this major production.


STAG does not often present you with a musical; other companies are more used to the genre.  However, we bring to this production all the professionalism which you expect from us, enhanced by some remarkable skills from a number of gifted young people.

This enthusiastic group have been a joy to work with and from this experience; they cannot fail to acquire confidence, self-discipline and an abiding love of music and drama.


The Young STAGs and the supporting team welcome you this evening. We hope you enjoy having your pockets picked!


Anna Crabbe

June 2017

Shute Theatre and Arts Guild

What would the great Charles Dickens have thought about his dark story of nineteenth century London workhouses and street gangs being made into a thoroughly enjoyable musical in the twentieth century by the great Lionel Bart?

The question does not present quite the paradox it seems to imply. Dickens’s novel ‘Oliver Twist’ contains threads of the compassion, the camaraderie and the hope which Bart illustrates so joyfully in his musical, while Bart’s ‘Oliver!’ contains threads of the violence, the misery and the fear which Dickens describes so graphically in his novel. Bart’s genius was in creating a wonderful piece of entertainment without losing any of the elements of Dickens’s original story.