We are pleased to announce, in celebration of the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens birth, that this summer, our show will be Oliver Twist!
Starring in the show will be Saturday students from Triple Threat Beginners (aged 5-8), Intermediate (9-11) and Advanced (12-14), as well as Medusa (15-20), our teenage theatre company, in the leads. The adaptation we have chosen is very close to the original book - with lots of drama! We have also commissioned an original score, adding to the drama with some fantastic music!
Every single student will be given plenty of stage time, and every actor will contribute to the final product, making it our best show yet!
About the show...
This adaptation was written by Reg Mitchell.
“Among other public buildings in a certain town, there is one anciently common to most towns, great or small: to wit, a workhouse. And in this particular workhouse was born, on a cold, blustery winter’s day, the item of mortality whose name was to become Oliver Twist.”
So begins Charles Dickens’ story of an orphan, born in the workhouse, who, ten years later escapes to London, where he is taken in by a gang of thieves led by the infamous Fagin. Rescued from a life of crime by a kindly gentleman, Oliver is kidnapped back by the gang. One of their number, Nancy, overhears a plot by the mysterious Monks to have Oliver caught by the police. In trying to help him, Nancy meets the kindly gentleman at midnight on London Bridge, where she reveals the plan to him, but her treachery is discovered and Nancy is murdered by the robber Sikes. Monks is caught, his relationship with Oliver discovered, whilst Sikes is killed and Fagin taken into custody. Meantime, back at the workhouse, Mr Bumble has married Widow Corney, and lived to regret it! Oliver gets his inheritance and is brought up in the home of the kindly gentleman.
Adapted for a mixed cast of adults/older teens and children.
The box office will be open from April and we will send all participants information shortly. This show will also be open to the general public.
We will once again be performing at the Kenton Theatre in Henley, which is not only one of the oldest working theatres left in England, but a very pretty one with excellent and generous back stage facilities - meaning our cast will be well looked after on and off stage.
We will have the theatre for the whole week, with dress and technical rehearsals on 11th & 12th July (schedules will be given out). Car sharing can be organised to get cast to the venue.