Two contrasting musicals for Buxton

Following the huge success of their production of West Side Story in 2018 Buxton Opera House is planning to stage two contrasting musicals – the ever-popular hit musical Oliver! by Lionel Bart and the dynamic rock musical Rent this year.

Oliver! is one of the best known British musicals and since its premiere in 1960 has enjoyed successful long runs all over the world including on Broadway, the West End and of course the award winning film. 

In contrast to the poverty-stricken streets of Victorian London, Rent is a vibrant and contemporary version of the opera La Bohème with music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson including Seasons of Love.

Both these musicals will offer a platform for the young talent of the High Peak supported by the expertise of the creative team at the Opera House. Auditions are on December 1 but you will have needed to register your interest by November 25. 

The chief executive of Buxton Opera House, Paul Kerryson, will be directing both.

Oliver! will be staged from May 24-26 and June 5-9 and Rent on May 30, and from June 4-9. Go to for more details.