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16/08/01
Nicholas Nickleby Comes Good
- The National Youth Theatre brings Dickens back to life

THE NATIONAL YOUTH THEATRE's staging of Nicholas Nickleby opens at the Lyric Hammersmith this evening. Based on the novel by Charles Dickens, David Edgar's two-part adaptation is an epic ensemble piece designed for a company of over 50 actors.

One of the Victorian novelist's earliest works, the mid 19th century saga of the Nickleby family left penniless by the death of their father predates the classics that made Dickens famous. Nicholas Nickleby's influence on the likes of Oliver Twist can however be discerned in this tale of a young man's battle against injustice as he fights for the orphans in his work as a lowly paid teacher.

David Edgar's two-part adaptation of Dickens' classic has not had a West End revival since its success in the 1980s, due to its large scale demands. But the National Youth Theatre remain undaunted, and have even commissioned music from BAFTA Award-winning composer, Geoffrey Burgon. Fresh from the Edinburgh festival, it seems the 45 year old company have the energy and sheer people power to do the award-winning playwright justice.




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