Oliver Twist

This event has now finished. Until Jan 23 2010

Time Out says  

Posted: Mon Dec 21 2009

Giant Olive aren't being coy about positioning their new stage adaptation of 'Oliver Twist' as a harder, darker, more authentic take on Dickens's novel than that offered by a certain popular West End musical. Indubitably true, but if you're looking for a production shorn of Victorian clichés, this emphatically isn't it - cockney vowels, smudged cheeks and raggedy top hats abound, while Gemma Sandzer's Oliver is a winsome but pretty generic reading of the role. Even Edward Kingham's dirty, demonic Fagin simmers down before too long (admittedly after seemingly being on the verge of molesting our young hero for several scenes). Indeed, if Sam Nicoll's thuggish Bill Sikes is a given, then only Mark Gillham's twitchingly weird Artful Dodger really feels particularly daring. Nonetheless, as a straightforward but thoroughly engaging telling of this rich, layered story, Giant Olive's production does the job more than adequately. Piers Beckley's lucid script is faithful but unafraid to prune here and there (Oliver's notorious demands for seconds on gruel are referred to only in passing), whilst Ray Shell directs an ambitious 20-strong ensemble with crisp confidence.

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Lion and Unicorn Theatre, 42-44 Gaisford St, NW5 2ED

Lion and Unicorn Theatre

The Giant Olive Theatre Company looks after the bill at this intimate pub theatre with artistic director George Sallis at the helm. The emphasis...

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