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

Unexpected Twist

Wed 7 Jun - Sat 10 Jun



Unexpected Twist is the re-telling of the Charles Dickens classic, Oliver Twist, by one of 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 FarmHoles, 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.

Age recommendation: 8+

Running time: Approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes (including 20-minute interval)



£5 off Under 16s
£5 off 16-26 yrs and/or Students (with a free 16-26 & Student Membership), and Curve Connect
£15 Under 18s school groups
£2 off Groups 10+
15% off for Members

Captioned: Fri 9 Jun, 7pm
Captioner: Theatre Captioner Network – Jenny Skene

Audio Described: Sat 10 Jun, 2pm with Touch Tour from 12.30pm
Audio Describers: VocalEyes – Nadine Beasley and Kate Taylor-Davies

Listen to the pre-show audio notes for Unexpected Twist by pressing the orange button on the player below, or on SoundCloud here.

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Credits & Acknowledgments

An Oliver Twisted Tale
Adapted by Roy Williams
Music by Yaya Bey & Conrad Murray
Directed by James Dacre
Designed by Frankie Bradshaw

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