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New adaptation of Oliver Twist set for Leeds Playhouse

Leeds Playhouse has revealed plans for a new version of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist for Spring 2020, premiering in the newly refurbished Quarry Theatre ahead of a national tour.

Oliver Twist will be a co-production with Ramps on the Moon, a consortium of seven major UK theatres, plus partner company Graeae, committed to putting D/deaf and disabled artists and audiences at the centre of their work.

The book will be adapted by award-winning playwright Bryony Lavery with dramaturgical support from Graeae’s Artistic Director Jenny Sealey. It will be directed by Leeds Playhouse’s Associate Director Amy Leach.

“Oliver Twist is a vivid, dark and visceral story and I am so excited to explore how adding artistic layers of creative sign language, audio description and captioning can enhance the story-telling for all audience members,” explains Amy Leach.

Director Amy Leach with writer Bryony Lavery in development workshop for Oliver Twist. Credit: David Lindsay.

“Oliver Twist will give an integrated ensemble cast of D/deaf, disabled and non-disabled actors the opportunity to play a brilliantly varied range of characters and showcase a wide range of talents. I can’t wait to share Bryony’s very special adaptation with audiences around the country.”

Oliver Twist is at Leeds Playhouse from Friday 28th February to 21st March 2020. Book online at or call the Box Office 0113 213 7700. Tickets are on general sale from 1st July 2019.

Samuel Payne
Samuel Payne
Reviewer of Theatre in the North, including releases of classic film and television.

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