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Oliver is of course one of Charles Dickens’ most cherished and loved characters in Oliver Twist and the title of the beloved Lionel Barry musical.

When buying a copy of the book, be sure to get an illustrated copy, preferably by George Cruikshank such as the Barnes & Nobles Classics series copy.

Fagin by George Cruikshank.

And for fans of the musical, check out I’D DO ANYTHING the BBC reality show where Andrew Lloyd Webber casts Nancy and Oliver for his 2009 London Revival. It helped launch the careers of Jodie Prenger (Oliver!), Jessie Buckley (Henry V), Samantha Barks (Les Miserables), Rachel Tucker (Wicked) and Niamh Perry (Love Never Dies).