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HADS tickets for Oliver going fast

PUBLISHED: 20:22 30 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:56 03 March 2010

IT'S no good asking for more… tickets for Hadleigh Amateur Dramatics Society production of 'Oliver' are going fast, with three performances of the end of year show already nearly sold out.

IT'S no good asking for more… tickets for Hadleigh Amateur Dramatics Society production of 'Oliver' are going fast, with three performances of the end of year show already nearly sold out.

So if fancy loosing yourself in Dickensian London for a few hours and following the trials and tribulations of little orphan Oliver and the entourage of larger than life characters he meets during his adventures then hurry and book now to avoid disappointment.

Hadleigh Amateur Dramatics Society first took to the stage with the classic tale nearly 30 years ago and some of the cast who starred in the original production will be appearing again in this year's show.

The musical opens at Hadleigh town hall tonight with another performance tomorrow and then every evening from December 4 to 8. There are two matinee shows, starting at 2.30pm, on December 2 and 8 and the curtain lifts on all evening performances at 7.30pm.

Director Ken Marrable leads a cast of 65 in Lionel Bart's reworking of the Charles Dickens classic. More than 30 youngsters from just six-years-old make up the workhouse children and there is a full chorus under the musical direction of Bob Smith.

Because of the length of the performance up-and-coming child stars aptly named Oliver Benton and Bethany Girling will share the role of urchin Oliver and Dale Avis and Sam Wells the Artful Dodger.

The charming and magical Fagin will be played by Geoff Wilding and the evil thief Bill Sikes by Malcolm Hollister.

"The enthusiasm at Hadleigh is amazing and performances going really rather well," said Sally Rhodes who plays the much-loved cockney singer and thief Nancy.

"There are a lot of child in the show and they are always running around with smiles on their faces."

To ensure you taste a slice of the magic head down to the Hadleigh Charity Shop on the High Street where tickets are available in advance priced £5 or £4 concessions.

The matinee performance on December 1 is already sold out and there are only a few places left for December 4 and December 5.

HADS are always on the look out for new talent, especially men, if you would like to get involved call Keith on 01473 822396 or Martine on 01473 824578.

N Meanwhile the theatre company has found its very own good fairy – thanks to The Evening Star.

HADS was in dire straits after they were told they had only a few weeks to move the portable building they called home.

The group, which is fittingly putting on a production of Oliver at the end of the year, was facing the prospect of life on the streets unless it could find an alternative space to park its portable building, packed with stage, scenery, props and other equipment.

Following an appeal in The Evening Star Larcombe and Young Building Ltd stepped in and offered the group space in their yard at Semer, between Hadleigh and Bildeston, to park.

HADS secretary Martine Walter said: "It's a huge relief. It could have been the end of us, without any stage it would have been very difficult to put on any shows."

Stephen Lewis, managing director of the building contractors firm said: "We spotted their appeal in The Evening Star and thought we could help because we have space in our yard."

HADS' productions are usually put on in the town hall but because the building does not have a permanent stage or storage space the group had used a portable building on the Lady Lane industrial estate until landowners Celotex decided it needed the space to expand its factory.

HADS completed the move in mid September.

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