Thursday, 10 September 2015

Please Sir, can I have some more props?

If you were planning a production of one of the most famous Victorian stories ever written, you would struggle to find a better place for collecting props than Hungerford Arcade.  The Watermill Theatre in Newbury is currently running a production of Oliver! and they have had a lot of fun finding the perfect props for the occasion.  There are thousands of items here in the Arcade just right for giving the set just the right character and atmosphere for the streets of Victorian London.

The picture shows one of the stage managers from the theatre sporting a milkmaid's yoke, and Arcade Manager Alex pleading for more in a large metal bowl - probably not the bowl which Oliver will use in the musical!

The show is running right now in the Watermill featuring a company of the theatre’s trademark actor-musicians, with a supporting cast of Watermill Youth Theatre actors, and the classic witty and memorable songs, including You've Got to Pick A Pocket Or Two, Consider Yourself and I’d Do Anything, Oliver! will tug at your heart strings, make you smile and most definitely make you want to sing along!

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