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Unexpected Twist

01 Apr

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Unexpected Twist

01 Apr 2023


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An Oliver Twisted tale

Unexpected Twist is the re-telling of the Charles Dickens classic, Oliver Twist, by one the best-loved figures in the children’s book world, Michael Rosen. Combining two stories in one; Rosen’s story and the Dickens classic that inspired it. Two stories that twist together, unexpectedly!

Shona and her class are studying the book, Oliver Twist. She’s the new girl in school and is finding it hard to stay out of trouble – much like Oliver himself! When she’s given a new phone by a stranger, she begins to suspect there’s something unusual about the new boys she’s met.

Michel Rosen is the English children’s novelist, poet, and the author of 140 books. He served as Children’s Laureate from June 2007 to June 2009. He has been a TV presenter and a political columnist, and his books include Carrying the Elephant: A Memoir of Love and Loss and Uncle Billy Being Silly.

This thrilling production is brought to vivid life by The Children’s Theatre Partnership, whose shows have included Animal Farm, Holes and The Jungle Book. Directed by James Dacre (2020 Olivier Award nominated Our Lady of Kibeho), Rosen’s novel is adapted for the stage by BAFTA award winning playwright Roy Williams with original music by rising R&B star Yaya Bey and BAC Beatbox Academy’s Conrad Murray.

Presented by The Children’s Theatre Partnership and Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Adapted by Roy Williams

Music by Conrad Murray and Yaya Bey

Directed by James Dacre

Designed by Frankie Bradshaw

Important information

Age recommendation: 8+

Ticket Prices:
£10 -£20.50

On Sale Dates:
27 Sept – Gold friends, corporates and supporters
29 Sept – Friends
06 Oct – Public

Friends & Corp club: 1/2 price 1st night
Friends Pre Jun 22: £2 off Band A-D
Friends Post Jun 22: Friends, Best & Gold 10% off Band A-D
O60s: £6 off Band A & B Midweek Matinee
U25s: Buy One Full Price ticket and get one U25s 1/2 price ticket (Bands A & B); subject to availability
Schools: £13.50 Bands A-D (TA Free)
Groups: Tue – Thu

Post show Q+A after Wednesday 10.30 performance for schools

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Why not visit our restaurant…

Make your theatre trip extra special and dine in Prelude, a fresh and contemporary space inspired by the building’s art deco heritage.

With the hassle taken out, relax and enjoy our seasonal set price menu in Prelude. Your table is reserved for the whole evening, so you can enjoy your dessert and drinks in the show interval. Plus, Theatre Royal Friends can enjoy a 10% discount!


Eat & Drink

Fresh, seasonal, and locally sourced produce. Enjoy the best in food and drink  at our restaurant Prelude or a quick delicious bite before the show.

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