From 22nd February 2022 you’ll be able to enjoy Leeds Playhouse and Ramps on the Moon’s co-production of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist.
Adapted for the stage by award-winning playwright Bryony Lavery and directed by Leeds Playhouse’s Associate Director Amy Leach, Oliver Twist was critically acclaimed during its run at Leeds Playhouse.
Originally staged at Leeds Playhouse in March 2020, you can imagine what happened to the rest of the UK tour which is such a shame given that it was a highly anticipated production. Though it was shared on Leeds Playhouse’s At Home platform last year, the well-loved classic will be available to a much wider audience now thanks to the National Theatre.
It’s the first production that has not been produced by the National Theatre specifically for this platform, showcasing a national commitment to sharing work that is accessible both on and off stage.
Director Amy Leach said: “We’re so delighted that the National Theatre will be sharing Oliver Twist, our co-production with Ramps on the Moon and written by the incredible Bryony Lavery as part of National Theatre at Home – a platform that continues to showcase productions from theatres across the country to wide reaching audiences.
“Knowing that this epic, boundary-pushing production is continuing to showcase the creative possibilities of work which places access and inclusion at the very heart of the theatre-making process is amazing. We are so very proud that this production, created here in Leeds, will now be shown on this vital national stage.”
The Ramps on the Moon consortium comprises Leeds Playhouse, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Nottingham Playhouse, Sheffield Theatres, New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich, Theatre Royal Stratford East and associate partners Wiltshire Creative and RTYDS. It’s a truly wonderful consortium that ensures theatre can be accessible for everyone.
Director for Change for Ramps on the Moon Michèle Taylor said: “I’m delighted that Oliver Twist will be part of the National Theatre at Home programme. It’s exciting to know that many more people will get the chance to experience this thrilling show, with its brilliantly embedded Sign Language, captions and audio description. The whole company deserves this opportunity for their immense talent to be showcased more widely and at Ramps on the Moon we couldn’t be prouder of what Leeds Playhouse has achieved.”
To watch Oliver Theatre on National Theatre at Home, you can sign up like other streaming services and can choose to subscribe by the month from £9.99 or save by signing up for a whole year at £99.99. You can also rent the production for £7.99, giving you access to this play only, with three days (72 hours) to finish watching it once you click the play button.
You’ve got until February 2023 to watch the production, so there really are no excuses not to embrace and enjoy such an inclusive, talented piece of theatre.
Photograph credited to Anthony Robling