Oliver - with a Leeds Kirkgate Market twist

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A Leeds theatre company will be performing a tale with a twist - when they tread the boards in the city’s Kirkgate Market.

The cast from Front Room Productions will revive its original adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist in the closed market, after working hours, from October 20 to 28.

The production - which sold out for its previous run in January - leads audiences around the stalls.

Director Olivia Race wrote the adaptation based on the novel - but with none of the songs from the musical and with more of the darkness from the original story. The score for this adaptation has been composed by Robert Collins.

Miss Race said: “The Victorian aesthetic of Leeds Kirkgate Market is something that you almost forget about on a day-to-day basis, so staging Oliver Twist in the market itself makes you realise and remember what a gorgeous, old, magnificent building it is. Stepping into the market at night, with all the stalls shut-up for the evening, makes you notice all the Victorian features, you really could be stepping back in time. “Our adaptation of Oliver Twist draws on the darker aspects of Charles Dickens’ novel, and with our original musical score, played by a live band throughout the evening, the haunting atmosphere of the story, emphasised by the market setting, is something really quite spectacular.”

Oliver Twist is part of Front Room Productions’ Dickensian season, which includes a northern tour of ‘A Christmas Carol’ in Leeds, York and Bradford this winter. Performances of Oliver Twist will take place daily, except Sunday, at 7pm and 8.30pm. Tickets cost £15 and £12 for concessions from www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/oliver-twist-tickets-37486335639.

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