Oliver takes to the stage

Stacey Gough, who will be playing Bill Sykes, with the dog cast for the role of Bullseye. Photo: Paul Truepenny.

Stacey Gough, who will be playing Bill Sykes, with the dog cast for the role of Bullseye. Photo: Paul Truepenny.

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Well-known local actor Stacey Gough reprises his role as Bill Sykes in the upcoming production of Oliver at the Embassy Theatre in Skegness this month.

The Burgh le Marsh based star is set to soon feature on the big screen in two major feature films and is rumoured to be appearing in a yet-to-be-named high-profile TV programme.

The show has been put together by Janice Sutton Productions and boasts a 12-piece orchestra and more than 80 performers.

It also stars a new addition to the team in the form of ‘Lola the Show Dog’ who was star-spotted and plucked for the part of Bullseye, Bill Sykes’ dog, as her owner walked her in the Sunken Gardens next to the Embassy.

Janice Sutton said: “We have had dogs in our previous productions the Wizard of Oz and Annie and we were looking for a dog like Lola. One of the mums of the children in the production runs the tea room in the gardens and spotted Lola. We asked her owner if she would come for an audition. She was a little nervous at first and did something like a tap dance with a bit of sliding around on the floor and she was cast for the part.

“It’s great to have Stacey back in Bill’s boots as he has performed the role in a production with me before.”

The show is described as a riot of colour, song, dance and drama, a tragic tale sprinkled with comedy and accompanied by Lionel Bart’s ‘sensational’ score with well-known musical hits such as ‘Food Glorious Food’ and ‘You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket of Two’.

Tickets are on sale at the Skegness Embassy box office and the show runs from April 23-26 inclusive. Call the box office on 0845 674 0505.