Matthew Austin as Fagin. Picture: Chris Fox

King’s Lynn Players take to the stage next week with the musical Oliver! 

It is full of great songs, dance numbers and colourful costumes portraying the story based on the Charles Dickens story Oliver Twist, released in instalments between 1837 and 1839 to highlight the plight of workhouse children and poverty.

Members of the cast will be supporting Lynn-based charity the Purfleet Trust which helps the homeless.

The trust was set up as a charity in 1993 and its services now include housing advice to help people find accommodation, support to help them maintain their tenancies and a health and wellbeing centre providing a daily hot meal and the opportunity to gain some essential life skills. 

The players hope that collections after each performance will raise a significant amount towards the charity’s work.

Publicity officer Tom Clarke said: “For each production we try to find a charity that we can work with that ties in well with our show. Our audiences are always very generous. We have collected money for West Norfolk Riding for the Disabled, Tapping House Hospice and Cancer Research in recent years.”

Joy Wylie, of the Purfleet Trust, said: “We are really excited to spread the word about our work alongside King’s Lynn Players. We hope King’s Lynn audiences will be as generous as they can be as they leave the theatre and help us continue our valuable work in the town.”

Performances will be at Lynn Corn Exchange from Wednesday to Saturday, May 18 at 7.30pm with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets £15 and £13 for the matinee. Call 01553 764864.