Her name was Lola, she was a show dog

Her name was Lola - she was a show dog.
Her name was Lola - she was a show dog.

A Boston pooch has the woof factor after she was star-spotted to appear in an upcoming stage musical.

Owner Ian Lambert, of Swineshead, was walking Lola during a trip to the seaside in Skegness when he was stopped and asked if the English Bull Terrier would audition for a part in Oliver at the town’s Embassy Theatre.

It was April 1 and I had taken my three girls and Lola out for the day so I thought it was an April Fool’s joke.

Lola’s owner, Ian Lambert

Ian said: “It was April 1 and I had taken my three girls and Lola out for the day so I thought it was an April Fool’s joke.

“The lady who stopped me said they were looking for a dog just like her to star as Bill Sykes’ dog Bullseye in the show.

“The lady called me again later and invited us along for an audition.”

He added: “Lola was quite nervous but the crew fell in love with her.

“She is a quiet dog so she is just getting used to the dancing and music and I have been enticing her with dog biscuits to keep her calm.”

Janice Sutton, who has put together the production of Oliver, said: “We have had dogs in our previous productions the Wizard of Oz and Annie and we were looking for a dog like Lola.

“She was a little nervous at first and did something like a tap dance with a bit of sliding around on the floor and she was cast for the part.”

Oliver runs at the Skegness Embassy Theatre from today (Thursday) until Sunday inclusive.

The show also stars well-known local actor Stacey Gough as Bill Sykes.

l For more information and tickets visit www.embassytheatre.co.uk or call the box office on 0845 674 0505.