This ensemble version of Dickens' classic captures the suspense found in the original story. Hailed as "thrilling," the play follows the adventures of the young orphan, Oliver, has he encounters all of Dickens' memorable characters. Running away to London, Oliver falls into the clutches of a gang of thieves. There is the conjuring Fagin, the good-hearted Nancy, the rascal Dodger, and the bullying Bill Sykes. Played out against the background of Victorian London, the play seriously captures Dickens' world. Originally produced by the Goodman Theatre of Chicago, this adaptation was one of the first written especially for young audiences building on playwright Muriel Browne's desire to bring the classics to young people.
Muriel Browne was a children's theatre visionary and was instrumental in establishing the children's theatre at the Goodman Theatre School of Drama where she was one of its first directors