Oliver will take his final twist in Lancaster

Oliver Twist (Jerome Thompson) and Mr Bumble (Russell Richardson). Picture by Daniel Tierney.
Oliver Twist (Jerome Thompson) and Mr Bumble (Russell Richardson). Picture by Daniel Tierney.
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Oliver will be taking his final twist in Lancaster’s Williamson Park on August 15.

The Dukes outdoor production of Dickens classic story has attracted thousands of people since it opened in early July.

Now there’s just a few more days to catch up with all the famous characters including a female Artful Dodger who has proved a particular favourite with audiences.

Audiences will be directed to the first of six locations at the foot of the Ashton Memorial which will be transformed into a market place where even orphans like Oliver Twist can be bought and sold.

This new adaptation of Oliver Twist was written by Debbie Oates, a member of the Coronation Street scriptwriting team, who has recently been busy working on a live episode of the soap which will be aired next month.

The Dukes has been presenting promenade productions in Lancaster since 1987 but this year was the first time it had taken Dickens outdoors.

Last year saw The Dukes reach an audience milestone with a total of 500,000 people having promenaded in the park since 1987.

Next year, another classic story – The Hobbit – will be given The Dukes treatment, 22 years after it became one of the most successful shows ever to go walkabout in Williamson Park.

Booking has already opened for The Hobbit which will run from July 5 – August 13, 2016.

To book for The Hobbit or the final performances of Oliver Twist, which is recommended for anyone aged five plus, call 01524 598500 or visit www.dukes-lancaster.org.