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Oliver! is a British musical written by Lionel Bart, based on Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. It was first produced in London's West End in 1960. It later ran on Broadway in 1963. The 1968 film version stars Mark Lester, Ron Moody and Oliver Reed.


  • Food, glorious food!
    Hot sausage and mustard!
    While we're in the mood
    Cold jelly and custard!
    Pease pudding and saveloys,
    what next, is the question?
    Rich gentlemen have it, boys:
  • In this life, one thing counts
    In the bank, large amounts
    I'm afraid these don't grow on trees,
    You've got to pick-a-pocket or two.
    You've got to pick-a-pocket or two, boys,
    You've got to pick-a-pocket or two.
  • Would you climb a hill? - Anything
    Wear a daffodil? - Anything
    Leave me all your will? - Anything
    Even fight my Bill? - What fisticuffs?!
  • As long as he needs me.
    Oh yes, he does need me.
    In spite of what you see,
    I'm sure that he needs me.


  • Oliver Twist: Please sir, can I have some more?
  • Fagin: Shut up and drink your gin!
  • Noah Claypole: He's sitting on Oliver.
  • Sowerberry: Quite right, we must all sit on Oliver.
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