Following the success of Fiddler on the Roof in 2016, another talented cast from Hereford Cathedral School are bringing Victorian London vividly to life at The Courtyard next week in a three-night run of the hit musical Oliver!

Thirteen-year-old music scholar Rafferty Yorke will be starring in the title role of the boy who famously wanted more. He also featured in the HCS production of Peter Pan last summer. The role of Nancy is to be played by Year 12 drama scholar and music exhibitioner Ellie Dean, who brings a wealth of experience as a member of the School’s multi-award-winning Cantabile Girls’ Choir. She also starred in the HCS production of Fiddler. The villain Bill Sykes will be played by Year 13 pupil Judah Moore, who has starred in the School’s production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

HCS Head of English and Oliver! producer Ben Abbott commented: “Putting on such a large scale musical with a big cast is a great journey and the students have really risen to the occasion. They love the characters and the sense of fun in the rehearsal room has been infectious. Their energy and enthusiasm will definitely come across when they get on the big stage.”

HCS Director of Music David Evans added: “All is going well for the forthcoming production. It's a super score with many familiar favourites.”

Tickets are selling fast, so don’t miss your chance to see this talented young cast bring classic tunes, including Food, Glorious Food, Pick a Pocket or Two and Consider Yourself to the stage. A show for all the family, tickets are available from The Courtyard box office on 01432 340555 or at Music, Lyrics and Book by Lionel Bart. Produced for the Broadway stage by David Merrick and Donald Albery. By arrangement with MusicScope and Stage Musicals Limited of New York.