Blog readers may recall my December 2011 post - Christmas with a Twist - that highlighted one of the treasures held in the Sadler's Wells Theatre Archive, namely a play-script of Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist performed at the Wells in December 1838.
I am delighted and excited to announce that, for the first time in over 170 years, the play using the original script is being performed at Finsbury Library on Thursday 26 April (details below). To commemorate the bicentenary of the great novelist's birth, and as part of the Cityread London initiative celebrating Oliver Twist, the play is being staged by the Wadham Players in association with Islington Library and Heritage Services. This is truly bringing the past alive!
Admission: £5 on door
Date: Thursday 26 April 2012
Location: Finsbury Library, 245 St John Street, London EC1V 4NB
We are expecting a large audience, so be sure to arrive early. Also take advantage of visiting A Twist in the Tale: Charles Dickens in Islington, a display exploring Dickens's connections to the area at Islington Local History Centre, Finsbury Library (until 31 May 2012). The original play-script is on show as part of the display.