"He was born in the workhouse and should by rights have died there until he displayed such malice, such ingratitude, such downright greed good sir he was removed for fear of corrupting the other children."
Discover the original story of Victorian London's most famous orphan, retold from Charles Dickens' novel for the stage by Anya Reiss. Oliver Twist, originally staged outdoors at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, was created for everyone aged six and over.
Anya Reiss' first play, Spur of the Moment, premiered at the Royal Court in July 2010, winning her the award for Most Promising Playwright at both the Evening Standard and Critics' Circle Awards, and also the TMA Theatre Award for Best New Play. Her second play, The Acid Test, also opened at the Royal Court in 2011, and was a box office sell-out earning rave reviews. She also contributed to the Bush Theatre's Sixty-Six Books (2011), writing a response to a chapter of the King James Bible. Her short play Forty Five Minutes was staged as part of the National Theatre Connections Festival in 2013. Her adaptations of The Seagull (Southwark Playhouse, 2013), Spring Awakening (Headlong, 2014), Three Sisters (Southwark Playhouse, 2014) and Uncle Vanya (St James Theatre, 2014) are also published by Oberon Books.