Reviews for Jodie Jacobs and Jean-Pierre van der Spuy in Oliver! 07.06.2016

Grange Opera House opened their 2016 summer season on 2nd June 2016 with Lionel Bart’s classic musical, Oliver! This revival is directed by Jean-Pierre van der Spuy and stars Jodie Jacobs as the female lead, Nancy.

Both Jean-Pierre and Jodie have received sensational reviews in a number of publications.

Reviews for Jodie:

'….the glorious presence of Jodie Jacobs as his loving moll Nancy, a cheerful force of nature exuding earthiness and huge warmth. Her soliloquy As Long As He Needs Me, following the jolly Oom-pa-pa tavern humour at the start of the second half, brought the house down.' - Mark Ronan

'Jodie Jacobs makes a warmly sympathetic Nancy, tastefully avoiding vulgar X Factor belt in “As Long as he Needs me’' - The Telegraph

'Jodie Jacobs belts out Nancy’s big number with authentic torch-song guts.' - The Financial Times

'Vocally totally assured and with some of Bart’s greatest hits to perform – ‘I’d Do Anything’ and the marvellous tavern song ‘Oom Pah Pah’ are two more – this superb actress-singer has the audience in this 550-seater Grange Theatre in the palm of her hand. She would be brilliant in any of the musicals Streisand has made famous and it is a mystery why West End producers are not knocking on her door and offering her juicier roles. Every time I see her, she raises the bar.' - Musical Theatre Review

Reviews for Jean-Pierre:

'Slickly directed by Jean-Pierre van der Spuy, the show oozes Dickensian atmosphere and does the business without tricks or spin.' - The Telegraph

'Whilst Jean-Pierre Van der Spuy’s production does not repeat what was achieved with Fiddler in seamlessly combining the best features of opera and musical theatre, a number of compensatory factors ensure that there is still a tremendous amount to enjoy.' -

‘…a traditional slice of Dickensian London brought to life with irrepressible vigour by director Jean-Pierre Van Der Spuy.’ - The Financial Times

'Director Jean-Pierre van der Spuy and designer Richard Kent provide a slick, evocative and joyful tour of Dickensian London...' - The Daily Mail

'Jean-Pierre Van Der Spuy’s expert direction makes sure a long Act I never seems too long' - Musical Theatre Review