A classic Charles Dickens tale will be brought to life by a long-standing amateur dramatic group this weekend.

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Cromer and Sheringham Operatic Society, which started 100 years ago, will be putting on the musical Oliver at the Pavilion Theatre on Cromer Pier.

The family show will be performed from Saturday May 24-Saturday May 31.

It will feature 40 children and the cunning gang leader Fagin is played by Nick Bird, from Fakenham.

Director of the show is Amanda Howell, choreographer is Carol Beatty and musical director is Posy Walton.

There will be a familiar face among the chorus line - Cromer councillor and restaurant owner Andreas Yiasimi.

As part of the centenary, proceeds from the show will go towards the Cromer-based charity About With Friends, which teaches work skills to adults and young people with learning disabilities.

Oliver, originally published in 1838, follows the story of an orphan called Oliver Twist who runs away from the workhouse and ends up in London.

He is befriended by a young lad, Jack Dawkins, known as the Artful Dodger, and is introduced to Fagin who is leader of a group of pickpockets.

It was made into a multiple Academy Award winning musical film in 1968.

Popular songs include Food Glorious Food, Consider Yourself, and Where is Love?

The society was formed amid the overtures for the First World War.

In May 1914 the group staged a self-penned production called Margery Dene in Cromer Town Hall.

It used to stage Gilbert and Sullivan light operettas, but is now best known for its spring musical on Cromer Pier, along with dramas staged at its other home, Sheringham Little Theatre.

Tickets cost £9.50, £13, and £14.

Shows will be held at 7.30pm and 2.30pm matinee shows will be on May 25, 26 and 31.

To book call 01263 512495 or visit www.cromer-pier.com

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