Directors: PAUL STEBBINGS
Producer: GRANTLY MARSHALL
Music: THOMAS JOHNSON
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TNT Theatre Britain presents:
adapted from Charles Dickens’ novel by Paul Stebbings & Phil Smith
Original score by Thomas Johnson.
OLIVER TWIST has been described as the first modern novel. It is one of the few novels whose
characters have entered into modern myth- Fagin, Bill, Nancy and the Artful Dodger can claim to be
some of the best known literary creations outside of Shakespeare. The enormous energy of these
characters and the full bloodied portrait of the first modern urban nightmare, London, make the story
not only exciting and dramatic, but also truly contemporary. The themes and social issues raised by
Dickens are as relevant today as they were when the novel was published over one hundred and sixty
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
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 many productions for the company include A CHRISTMAS CAROL, KING LEAR and the
award winning HAMLET. The action is developed through integrated song, using complex and
exciting five part harmony. As in Dickens own work, comedy plays an important role. The director of
TNT is Paul Stebbings, known for his work with THE AMERICAN DRAMA GROUP EUROPE and
TNT theatre. Recent productions include THE LIFE & DEATH OF MARTIN LUTHER KING,
FRANKENSTEIN, THE TAMING OF THE SHREW and THE TEMPEST. This production of
OLIVER TWIST will tour from Estonia to Spain and Scandinavia to Sicily for eight months in
2016/2017. Charles Dickens wrote the great line that shook the world:” Please, Sir, I want some
more!” and this production takes up his challenge to give justice to those who live in poverty. As the
rich get richer and the poor poorer, what could be more relevant than Dickens masterpiece? It has
only ever received good reviews and thrilled a wide range of audiences.
Oliver Twist is an extraordinary piece of theatre, brilliantly performed.
TNT spielt nicht nur für das Publikum, sondern auch mit dem Publikum. Mit typisch britischem
Humor gelingt die Gratwanderung zwischen künstlerisch anspruchsvollem Slapstick und Tragödie.
TNT represent one of the most interesting developments in British theatre.
Touring theatre at its best.
SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST, Hong Kong
Produced by THE AMERICAN DRAMA GROUP EUROPE