ABOUT THE SHOW
Step into the enchanting world of “Oliver Twist,” a riveting theatrical adaptation that masterfully captures Charles Dickens’ timeless story of the little orphan boy born under mysterious circumstances. This gripping production weaves together drama, suspense, mystery, and intrigue to bring to life the struggles of goodness triumphing over suffering in Victorian England.
Prepare to be captivated by the heart-wrenching journey of Oliver Twist, a young orphan who embarks on a quest for love, identity, and belonging amidst the harsh realities of a society rife with poverty, crime, and moral ambiguity. This adaptation, skillfully crafted by playwright and director Kenneth Henderson, delves deep into the intricate layers of Dickens’ original narrative, delivering an emotionally charged experience that resonates with audiences of all ages.
Set against the backdrop of dimly lit streets, the world of “Oliver Twist” is a tapestry of contrasting characters, each with their own motives and secrets. The mysterious Fagin, a cunning and manipulative figure, leads a gang of young thieves. along with the ruthless Bill Sikes, a man consumed by darkness. And who is Monks, a dark and mysterious figure, tied to Oliver’s past and threatens to shatter his chance at a better life. And then there’s Nancy, a conflicted soul torn between loyalty and the yearning for redemption.
As the story unfolds, Oliver’s innocence and unwavering goodness shine through the shadows, serving as a beacon of hope and change in a world tainted by despair. The play’s narrative intricacies and carefully woven subplots keep audiences on the edge of their seats, as they navigate through unexpected twists and turns that lead to a climactic confrontation between good and evil.
“Oliver Twist” not only presents a heart-pounding drama but also invites reflection on the timeless themes of compassion, humanity, and the power of a single individual to make a difference. Kenneth Henderson’s faithful adaptation captures the essence of Dickens’ masterpiece, presenting an authentic portrayal of 19th-century London and its diverse characters. The adaptation’s commitment to retaining the emotional depth and moral dilemmas of the original story ensures that audiences will be moved, challenged, and ultimately inspired.
Join us for a captivating journey through the underbelly of Victorian London, where darkness and light clash in a battle for the soul of a young boy. “Oliver Twist” is an unforgettable theatrical experience that promises to leave you spellbound, pondering the enduring struggle between good and evil, and the transformative power of love and compassion.
OLIVER TWIST : The young orphan boy born under mysterious circumstances.
MR. THOMAS BROWNLOW : A kind gentleman that takes Oliver into his care.
FAGIN : The cunning and manipulative leader of a gang of child criminals.
NANCY : A complex and conflicted character, a member of Fagin’s gang who shows compassion towards Oliver.
BILL SIKES : A ruthless and violent criminal involved in Fagin’s criminal activities.
MR. BUMBLE : The pompous and self-important beadle of the workhouse.
ARTFUL DODGER : A skilled young pickpocket and a member of Fagin’s gang.
MONKS : A mysterious and shadowy figure with a hidden agenda, tied to Oliver’s past.
AGNES FLEMING : Oliver’s mother, who dies shortly after giving birth to him.
ROSE MAYLIE : Agnes’s younger sister, who plays a pivotal role in Oliver’s life.
MRS. CORNEY : The matron of the workhouse where Oliver is born.
MR. GRIMWIG : A friend of Mr. Brownlow, known for his skepticism and humor.
MR. SOWERBERRY : The undertaker who takes Oliver in as an apprentice.
MRS. SOWERBERRY : Mr. Sowerberry’s wife, who treats Oliver poorly.
NOAH CLAYPOLE : A worker in the undertaker’s shop, known for his cruelty towards Oliver.
CHARLOTTE : The Sowerberrys’ maid, who flirts with Noah.
MR. FANG : A harsh and unkind magistrate.
MR. LIMBKINS : A member of the board of governors at the workhouse.
BET (BETSY) : A member of Fagin’s gang who is friends with Nancy.
CHARLEY BATES : Another member of Fagin’s gang and a friend of Artful Dodger.
MRS. BEDWIN : Mr. Brownlow’s housekeeper and caretaker of Oliver.
TOBY CRACKIT : A friendly and sympathetic member of Fagin’s gang.
MR. GAMFIELD : A chimney sweep who initially wants to take Oliver as an apprentice.
OLD SALLY THINGUMMY : A pauper at the workhouse who plays a role in Oliver’s birth.
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