Oliver Twist

Robert Pickavance as Fagin

Adapted by Deborah McAndrew

Produced by Octagon theatre, Bolton – November 2009

Directed by Josette Bushell Mingo

Designed by Dawn Allsop

Composer Conrad Nelson

Musical Director Rebekah Hughes



Set over the course of one year, and framed between Christmases, this is a festive adaptation of Dickens’ masterpiece. The show has a musical blend of traditional carols, folk tunes and original songs.


**** The Independent  **** The Guardian

“Dickens’s multilayered, fast-paced, interlocking narratives (cleverly segued in Deborah McAndrew’s astute adaptation and delivered with dramatic drive in Josette Bushell-Mingo’s tumultuous production, modulated by Conrad Nelson’s atmospheric score)” Clare Brennan the Observer

“Deborah McAndrew’s new version of Oliver Twist reaches corners and characters which most adaptors of Dickens’s original tale overlook.

“Conrad Nelson’s score, under the direction of Rebekah Hughes, manages to sound both fresh and familiar through its use of Christmas carols and fragments of English folksong. 

“The show has enough of the feel of a theatrical extravaganza, the flavour of a gaudy musical and yet the intimacy of the dark social novel on which it is based to beguile all ages.” Lynne Walker The Independent

“If there’s a more finely detailed, authentically Dickensian performance this year, I shall eat my head.” Alfred Hickling The Guardian

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