THE Nardone Academy of Performing Arts will be staging Lionel Bart’s beloved musical ‘Oliver’ at the Lochgelly Centre, from October 7 to 9, writes Kerry Black.

This is the first show to be staged at the venue since Covid struck in February 2020, and the young cast are hoping that theatre lovers from far and wide will come and support them.

With previous successes such as ‘Hairspray’, ‘Fame’ and ‘Annie’, founder member Liam Nardone has worked hard with the entire company to ensure another fabulous production.

He is the producer and choreographer as well as playing the part of Fagin, immortalised by Ron Moody in the 1968 film.

With Harry Thomson as the musical director, sets from John Urquhart and costumes from Utopia, this promises to be another exciting show.

The academy has been nurturing talent in the Cowdenbeath-Lochgelly area since 2018 with appearances at the Edinburgh Fringe included in their range of performances.

So Liam and his young team are confident that audiences will like their take on ‘Oliver’.

He said: “The cast have been working very hard in rehearsals and I feel confident we will present a fantastic version of this iconic show.”

Tickets priced at £15 (concessions £13) are available for the show, which starts at 7.30pm, from the Lochgelly Centre on 01592 583303 or from