Oliver Twist archiveClassic story of crime, poverty, vice and a young innocent orphan in London. Some of the most celebrated villains in English literature (Artful Dodger, Bill Sykes, Fagin).


Book by: Charles Dickens
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Archive listings for Oliver Twist

Work type: Play.


This bold, brutal and beautiful new version of Oliver Twist sends you on a dark adventure through the twisted streets of London. Adapted by award-winning playwright Bryony Lavery, every performance of Oliver Twist will feature the use of integrated creative sign language, audio description and captioning. Oliver Twist is in association with Ramps On The Moon. Now in its fourth year, this pioneering initiative from seven major UK theatre companies is committed to putting D/deaf and disabled artists and audiences at the centre of their work.Producer Leeds Playhouse (in association with Ram;ps On The Moon). Adapted by Bryony Lavery. Director Amy Leach. Design Hayley Grindle. Lighting Joe Fletcher. Sound John Biddle. Music Oliver Vibrans. DramaturgJenny Sealey. Performer Brooklyn Melvin (Oliver Twist). Performer Nadeem Islam (Artful Dodger). Performer Caroline Parker (Fagin). Performer Clare-Louise English (Nancy). Performer Stephen Collins (Bill Sikes). Performer Katie Erich (Rose). Performer Rebekah Hill (Luna). Performer Georgia Jackson (Fingers). Performer Steph Lacey (Mrs Thingummy). Performer Jack Lord (Mr Brownlow). Performer Craig Painting (Mr Sowerberry). Performer Mitesh Soni (Charley Bates). Performer Benjamin Wilson (Mr Bumble).
16 Apr 20 to 25 Apr 20Playhouse, Nottingham :: V457
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25 Mar 20 to 4 Apr 20New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich :: V81
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28 Feb 20 to 17 Mar 20Leeds Playhouse (formerly West Yorkshire Playhouse), Leeds :: V977
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Dark, stage version of the original text, adapted by Anya Reiss, award winning playwright from the Royal Court. Fantastic for young audiences, featuring members of Quirky Bird Young Company and professional touring company, this is a fast and frenetic version that brings all the brutality of the tale to life.Company Quirky Birdd Theatre. Performer Alex Stroud. Performer Kerry McNally. Adapted by Anya Reiss.
18 Feb 20 to 22 Feb 20Alma Tavern Theatre, Bristol :: V0707367604
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A new version of Oliver, with a Festive Twist! Join young, orphaned Oliver Twist on a wild adventure in this festive adaptation of Charles Dickens' much-loved novel. Born in a workhouse. Sold into an apprenticeship. Recruited by Fagin's band of pickpockets and thieves. We follow Oliver as he sinks into London's grimy underworld on his search for a home, a family and love. Following the huge popularity of last year's A Christmas Carol, writer Deborah McAndrew returns with a show packed with dance and song, including traditional carols, folk tunes and original music. A story of courage in adversity, Oliver Twist is a classic tale that touches us all, with a large dose of Christmas cheer and festive sparkle!Producer Hull Truck Theatre. Adapted by Deborah McAndrew. Director Mark Babych. Design Ciaran Bagnalll. Musical Director John Biddle. Director Jon Beney (movement director). Sound Edward Clarke. Performer Flo Wilson (Fagin/Old Sally/Mrs Sowerberry). Performer Claire Storey (Widow Corney/Mrs Bedwin/Justice Fang). Performer Ian Jervis (Mr Bumble/Mr Grimwig). Performer Samuel Edward-Cook (Bill Sikes/The Officer). Performer Oghenekevwe Emefe (Agnes/Bet/Rose). Performer Lauryn Redding (Charlotte/Nancy). Performer Patrick Bridgman(Mr Sowerberry / Mr Brownlow) (Mr Sowerberry/Mr Brownlow).
30 Nov 18 to 5 Jan 19Hull Truck Theatre, Hull :: V935
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Producer Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. Adapted by Anya Reiss. Director Caroline Byrne.
17 Jul 17 to 5 Aug 17Open Air Theatre, West End :: V403
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Author Jeremy Brock.
19 Jun 17 to 24 Jun 17Royalty Theatre, Sunderland :: V578
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Company Phoenix Players. Adapted by Neil Bartlett. Director Yvonne Roe.
15 Nov 16 to 19 Nov 16The King's Theatre, Gloucester :: V029413031
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Presented byThe Dukes Lanceaster. Presented byWilliamson Park. Adapted by Debbie Oates. Director Joe Sumsion. Design Alison Heffernan. Lighting Brent Lees. Music Kieran Buckeridge. Performer Andrew Ashford. Performer Shelley Atkinson. Performer Victoria Brazier.
3 Jul 15 to 15 Aug 15The Dukes, Lancaster :: V523
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Company Castaway Community Theatre Company. Adapted by Neil Bartlett.
5 Feb 15 to 7 Feb 15Arts Centre, Aberystwyth :: V817
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Adapted by Neil Bartlett. Company Aberystwyth Arts Centre Youth Theatre.
22 Nov 12 to 24 Nov 12Arts Centre, Aberystwyth :: V817
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Company Nichola Rees Youth Academy (NRYA).
17 May 12 to 19 May 12The Pump House Arts Centre, Watford :: V56
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The central theme is the link between poverty and crime. Beyond that it explores the way society treats its weakest members. Dickens' style is highly theatrical, switching between the almost documentary to the comic, from action-packed narrative to emotional drama and indeed he himself gave dramatic readings of much of OLIVER TWIST to huge audiences in Britain and the USA. TNT sweep away the sentimentality of so many versions and present the story through the eyes of Fagin as he stands on the gallows awaiting execution. The story is his last attempt at justifying his life of crime. The audience too must answer if he was indeed at fault. Is he a criminal or a victim? Does he care for his boy thieves or does he exploit them? In addition to powerful drama, comedy and fast-moving action, the production has been highly praised for its capella score by the composer Thomas Johnson whose production of HAMLET is currently on tour in more than 20 countries. The action is developed through integrated song, using complex and exciting five part harmony.Presented byTNT Theatre Britain. Adapted by Paul Stebbings. Adapted by Phil Smith. Music Thomas Johnson.
12 Apr 12 to 13 Apr 12Waterloo East Theatre, Inner London :: V01284685503
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By turns comic and tragic, musical and dramatic, this powerful adaptation of Dickens’s classic novel, inspired by the vivid world of Victorian music-hall, is the perfect choice for the Theatre Royal’s much-acclaimed outdoor summer school, Storm on the Lawn The walls and ramparts of the 18th century Ball Court at Prior Park College will be transformed into the 19th century alleyways and garrets, teeming with rascals and harlots and all the unforgettable characters from one of teh best-loved of all stories about childhood. Sixty local young people will be directed by Amy Leach from the acclaimed En Masse Theatre and the egg’s professional team to create a stunning piece of outdoor theatre. Recommended for ages: 8-adult. Running Time: Approx. 2hrsProducer Theatre Royal Bath. Adapted by Neil Bartlett.
18 Aug 10 to 22 Aug 10Theatre Royal, Bath :: V854
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Company Giant Olive Theatre Company (in association with Simon James Collier). Director Ray Shell. Design Andrea Hooymans. Lighting Cairan Cunningham. Costume Neale Pirie. Performer Edward Kingham (Fagin). Performer G Sandzer (Oliver Twist). Performer Amy Merrutia (Nancy). Performer Sam Nicholl (Bill Sykes). Performer Grant Sterry (Charlie Bates). Performer Mark Gillham (Dodger). Performer Neil Chinnick (Noah). Performer Hannah Redfern (Charlotte). Performer Jennifer Oliver (Bet/Nancy Understudy). Performer Terence Mustoo (Mr Sowerberry). Performer Kim Driver (Mrs Sowerberry). Performer Anthony Kernan (Mr Bumble). Performer Beth Thompston (Mrs Corney/Bumble). Performer Rupert Bates (Grimwig). Performer Alex Hunter (Brownlow). Performer Jennifer Laine (Rose). Performer Christopher Hammond (Monks). Performer Stuart Mansell (Ensemble). Performer Tamzin Pakins (Ensemble). Performer Nick Ross (Ensemble). Performer Lulu Fish (Ensemble). Performer Sharea Samuals (Ensemble).
30 Nov 09 to 24 Jan 10The Lion and Unicorn Theatre, Inner London :: V219
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Hot on the heels of the record-breaking, universally loved A Christmas Carol, we are delighted to present a spectacular, brand new version of Oliver Twist. Dickens’ masterpiece of storytelling takes us through suspense, heartaches, joys and fulfillment in Victorian London. As with A Christmas Carol, the production will feature original songs and music to enhance the narrative and atmosphere and will be complemented by a cast which includes local children. Come and meet some of the most memorable and enduring characters in all of fiction; Fagin, Bill Sikes, Nancy, Mr Bumble, the Artful Dodger, the boys of the workhouse and, of course, Oliver Twist himself. You’ll need to book early to avoid disappointment. Suitable for ages 5 and over.Producer Octagon Theatre Bolton. Adapted by Deborah McAndrew. Director Josette Bushell-Mingo. Design Dawn Allsopp. Performer Robert Pickavance (Fagin). Performer Fiona Bruce. Performer Laura Cox. Performer Esther Ruth Elliott. Performer Tim Frances. Performer andrew Price. Performer Samantha Sutherland. Performer Alex O'Loughlin (Oliver - some dates).
27 Nov 09 to 23 Jan 10Octagon Theatre, Bolton :: V480
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Company Love and Madness Ensemble. Adapted by David Cottis. Director Abigail Anderson.
3 Mar 09 to 22 Mar 09Riverside Studios, Outer London :: V331
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26 Feb 09 to 27 Feb 09Arts Depot, Outer London :: V320
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11 Nov 08New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth :: V769
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4 Nov 08 to 5 Nov 08Playhouse, Norwich :: V69
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17 Oct 08Guildhall Theatre, Derby :: V994
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6 Oct 08Mumford Theatre, Cambridge :: V22
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4 Oct 08Byre Theatre, St Andrews :: V640
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25 Sep 08Playhouse, Alnwick :: V1176
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9 Sep 08 to 20 Sep 08Greenwich Theatre, Outer London :: V308
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Company Calderdale Theatre School.
19 Jun 08 to 21 Jun 08Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax :: V1098014226
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An abridged production which includes audience participation. Age 7-11. Running time 1 hour. For Schools: Links to Key Stage 2 Curriculum English and History.Company Lanternfish Theatre.
15 Mar 08Playhouse, Salisbury :: V923
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6 Apr 04The Library Theatre, Luton :: V02027386231
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27 Mar 04King's Lynn Arts Centre, Kings Lynn :: V67
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19 Mar 04 to 20 Mar 04Stantonbury Theatre, Milton Keynes :: V752
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21 Feb 04Little Theatre, Sheringham :: V74
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Company Roses Youth Theatre. Adapted by Jeremy Brock. Director Ruth Wells. Director Honor Benton.
18 Mar 06Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury :: V99
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Adapted in Twenty-Four Scenes with Several Songs and Tableaux. This production is not suitable for young people under 8 years.Company Library Theatre Company. Adapted by Neil Bartlett. Music Richard Taylor. Director Roger Haines. Director Liam Steel. Design Michael Pavelka. Lighting Oliver Fenwick. Sound Paul Gregory. Director Richard Taylor (music). Performer Peter McQueen. Performer Tom Lawrence. Performer Lindsay Allen. Performer Christian Edwards. Performer Anthony Bowers. Performer Ella Vale. Performer Sam Parks. Performer Stephen Finegold. Performer Adam Price. Performer Michelle Butt. Performer Joseph Barratt. Performer Daniel Shaw. Performer Ceallach Spellman.
26 Nov 05 to 21 Jan 06Home Theatre, Manchester :: V1858052535
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Adapted by Michael Platt. Adapted by Pay Whymark. Company Suffolk Youth Theatre. Director Michael Platt.
4 May 05 to 7 May 05New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich :: V81
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Corporate Sponsor Siemens. Company Royal Company. Adapted by Jeremy Brock.
28 Jul 04 to 31 Jul 04Theatre Royal, Nottingham :: V462
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Suitable for ages 10 to adult. With authentic music-hall tunes arranged by Gerard McBurney.Producer Lyric Hammersmith. Adapted by Neil Barlett. Director Neil Bartlett. Design Rae Smith. Lighting Paule Constable. Sound Nick Manning. Music Gerard McBurney. Music Simon Deacon. Choreographer Struan Leslie. Performer Michael Feast (Fagin). Performer Owen Sharpe (The Dodger). Performer Nicholas Asbury (Bill Sykes). Performer Kellie Shirley (Nancy). Performer Paul Hunter (Mr Bumble). Performer Jordan Metcalf (Oliver). Performer Ryan Early. Performer Nicholas Goode. Performer Gregor Henderson-Begg. Performer Derek Hutchinson. Performer Thomas Wheatley. Performer Louise Yates. Performer Brigid Zengeni.
11 May 04 to 15 May 04Theatre Royal, Brighton :: V657
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4 May 04 to 8 May 04Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry :: V156
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27 Apr 04 to 1 May 04King's Theatre, Edinburgh :: V601
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20 Apr 04 to 24 Apr 04Theatre Royal, Newcastle upon Tyne :: V570
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13 Apr 04 to 17 Apr 04Theatre Royal, Bath :: V854
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6 Apr 04 to 10 Apr 04Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford :: V702
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20 Feb 04 to 27 Mar 04Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, Outer London :: V315
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Company Marlowe Players.
21 Oct 03 to 25 Oct 03Derby Theatre, Derby :: V1830193620
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Adapted by David Cottis. Company Instant Classics Theatre Company. Director David Cottis. Design Christian Zollenkopf. Performer Minnie Crowe. Performer Louise Dumayne. Performer Neil Fletcher. Performer Jon Fisher. Performer Jared Morgan.
5 Aug 03 to 24 Aug 03Etcetera Theatre, Inner London :: V198
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This dramatic adaptation of Dickens' novel will captivate audiences both young and old alike. Age 7+Company Storytellers Theatre Company.
28 May 03Bacon Theatre, Cheltenham :: V89
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17 Apr 03Arc Theatre, Trowbridge :: V881281219
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Producer Liverpool Everyman. Producer Liverpool Playhouse. Director Richard Williams.
13 Dec 01 to 19 Jan 02Liverpool Playhouse, Liverpool :: V536
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Company East 15 Acting School. Director Jack Milner.
10 Dec 01 to 15 Dec 01Lakeside Theatre, Colchester :: V36
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Company The Young Rep. Director Brian Hadley.
19 Jul 00 to 22 Jul 00Repertory Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent :: V123
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Company Mold Players. Adapted by Jeremy Brock.
21 Jun 00 to 24 Jun 00Theatr Clwyd, Mold :: V810
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Promenade production that takes you on a journey into the heart of Dicken's London, as [Lantern Theatre] walk you through the dark and foggy streets occupied by Fagin and the Artful Dodger...the classic story given fresh life in this brilliant and atmospheric promenade performance. Age 6+Company Lantern Theatre Company.
25 Mar 00The Rondo, Bath :: V855
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Company Ulster TC. Adapted by Michael Poynor. Adapted by Mark Dougherty. Design Elroy Ashmore.
to 16 Jan 99ICC Belfast, Belfast :: V1053
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Adapted by Chris Martin. Performer Simon Clark. Performer Susan Dowdall. Performer Chris Garner. Performer Steven Granville. Performer Ian Keith. Performer Kate Layden. Performer Paul McCleary. Performer Hywel Simons. Performer Edward York. Director Chris Martin. Design Sue Condie. Lighting Jo Dawson. Design James Earls-Davis.
10 Sep 97 to 4 Oct 97New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme :: V119
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