Dates: 13-30 December 2016

By Charles Dickens. Adapted by Lyttelton Arts Factory.

Directed by Mike Friend.

Following an acclaimed inaugural season in December 2015 at the East Riding Theatre in the UK, LAF's Artistic Director Mike Friend directs Adrian Rawlins' original adaptation of Dickens' dark tale of social injustice seen through the eyes of an innocent child.

In a highly visual interpretation incorporating song and dance, LAF's Oliver Twist captures the essence of Dickens' colourful landscape in a tale that still resonates today. Director Mike Friend puts his fresh and exciting mark on this well-loved story of the orphan boy Oliver on his fateful journey from destitution to salvation via the colourful, and often dangerous, characters he meets on the way.

"More please! … this new take on Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist is fabulous.” We’re proud to support The Christchurch City Mission with this production.


"… atmospheric, ambitious and suitably grimy." Charlie Gates, The Press 23/12/16 FULL REVIEW HERE

"The technical aspects of the show deserve their own round of applause…This is a brash, bold, loud world." Ruth Agnew, Theatreview 17/12/16 FULL REVIEW HERE

"A live band, clever lighting and sound design …but with a subtle contemporary twist." Charlie Gates, The Press 23/12/16 FULL REVIEW HERE

"There is no shying away from presenting the brutal reality of life on the wrong side of the poverty line." Ruth Agnew, Theatreview, 17/12/16 FULL REVIEW HERE


Narrator                           Ben Brown
Mr Sowerberry                Michael Carlton
Mrs Sowerberry              Toni Jones
Oliver’s Mother               Suzy Kingston
Nancy                                Annie Kirkman
Fagin                                 Clive Kneller
Artful Dodger                  Quinn Kueppers
Bill Sikes                          David Ladderman
Oliver                                Kayden Leftly
Guard                               Rohan Morgan
Mrs Bumble                     Anthea Struthers
Mr Bumble                       Tom Trevella
Noah Claypole                 Otis Wallis
Fagin’s Gang:
Batesy                               Ella Bergkessel
Charlie                              Briana Coppell
Savage                              Sienna Friend
Plummy                            Laurel Rose
Flash                                 Cara Hitchens

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