Brother and sister back for more in Oliver!

PUBLISHED: 10:24 20 March 2015 | UPDATED: 10:24 20 March 2015

Oliver at Gorleston Pavilion

Oliver at Gorleston Pavilion


Local performer Julia Knight and her brother Matthew Canwell will be appearing in Gorleston Theatre Company’s spring musical Oliver! at Gorleston Pavilion in April.

It’s 18 years since they first appeared onstage together in a musical, in Me and My Girl at the Britannia Pier Theatre. Since then, they have appeared separately in various shows, but this is the first time since then that they are back performing together in a musical.

Back in 1997, they were cast opposite each other as boyfriend and girlfriend, Bill Snibson and Sally Smith, after the Great Yarmouth Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society had struggled to find a leading man to play opposite Julia. From then on Matthew was hooked, appearing as the lead in many, and playing Fagin in Oliver! in 1999 when Gorleston Theatre Company last staged the show.

Their late parents, Gordon and Marilyn, were frequently playing lead roles in the 1960s and 1970s, appearing alongside each other in musicals.

This time around, Matthew is cast as Mr Bumble, while Julia is playing Widow Corney, who later becomes Mrs Bumble after he pursues her in a rather manic way.

The family connection is taken further this time around, as Julia’s 16 year old daughter, Olivia, is also in the show, playing the part of Charlotte Sowerberry, the undertaker’s daughter.

Gorleston Theatre Company’s production of Oliver! runs from Wednesday, April 15 to Sunday, April 19, with performances nightly at 7.30pm Wednesday to Saturday, and matinees at 2pm on the Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets can be booked online at, by telephone on 01493 662832 or in person at the Pavilion Theatre box office.

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