A young actor who at just 11 years of age has already performed on stage in several major productions is set to star in a leading role at Theatr Clwyd.

Rising young star Ethan Roberts will take to the stage as Oliver in The Dee & Alyn Gilbert and Sullivan Society's production of Lionel Bart's classic musical "Oliver!" which runs at the Anthony Hopkins Theatre at the popular Mold venue from Wednesday 30th October to Saturday 2nd November at 7.30pm with a Matinee performance at 2,30pm on Saturday 2nd November.

Ethan, a student at Ysgol Dinas Bran, in Llangollen, takes an active role in all of the School's acting and musical performances.

In addition to his love of Drama at School, Ethan has been a member of Llangollen Young Un's Operatic Society since 2016, taking part in productions of Bugsy Malone, Grease and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Next year, Ethan will play the Wizard in Young Un’s up-and-coming production, the Wizard of Oz.

Last year Ethan joined Tip Top Productions and played Benji in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert - The Musical in the Anthony Hopkins Theatre at Theatr Clwyd. Speakng about casting Ethan as Oliver, the production's Co-Director Ruth Roberts said "This is Ethan's first production with Dee & Alyn and we're really pleased he is with us, we just know the audience are going to love his portrayal of Oliver."

Based on Charles Dickens classic novel Oliver Twist, with music and lyrics by Lionel Bart, the musical which features songs including Consider Yourself, I’d Do Anything, Food Glorious Food, As Long as He Needs Me and many more, was originally staged in 1960 with the legendary Ron Moody creating the role of Fagin, the leader of gang of child pickpockets and thieves who befriend the orphaned boy Oliver Twist.

Stepping in to Ron Moody's shoes and making the role his own for this production is Joel Merry who has previously appeared with the Dee & Alyn as Guy Masterson in their production of "Guys and Dolls.

Joining Joel as Fagin's cheeky sidekick is Runcorn based Callum Eaves who is making his debut on the Theatr Clwyd stage.

The cast also includes Kayleigh Strong as "tart with a heart" Nancy who also previously appeared in Guys and Dolls alongside Joel Merry and veteran actor Rob Tolefree as Mr Bumble, Rob was most recently seen on stage at Theatr Clwyd as Alfred P Doolittle in "My Fair Lady" for Tip Top Productions.

The show, musically directed by Stephen Roberts will be co-directed by Ruth Roberts and Joni Rusling who said "We can't wait to bring Oliver! to the stage at Theatr Clwyd, our cast and crew have worked so hard in rehearsals and we know our audiences are in for a real treat as we stage what is regarded as one of the UK's best loved Musicals."

Full details of "Oliver!" can be found online at https://www.theatrclwyd.com/en/whats-on/oliver-2/ where tickets can also be booked online.

Alternatively contact the Box office on 01352 344101.