The Mainstage Series
The Charity Randall Theatre inside the Stephen Foster Memorial, 4301 Forbes Avenue, Oakland
- Opening Night: December 5- Reception to follow 8 p.m. performance.
- Post-Show Talk-back: December 6- Discussion and Q&A to follow 2 p.m. performance
- Pre-Show Lecture: December 9- Lecture at 7 p.m. before 8 p.m. performance
Set against the backdrop of a dark and grimy Victorian London, Oliver Twist is orphaned and lost in a world of criminals and tarts and held in the clutches of an avaricious old man. With his life in danger, a saint of unusual pedigree finally brings all to right. In one of the most famous stories of all time, the young and innocent are brought face to face with some of the worst sinners in London, but the result is an understanding of salvation and happiness. This family-friendly play was commissioned by the Gate Theatre in Dublin and comes from the pen of our Artistic & Executive Director, Alan Stanford.
"One key character is the adult criminal Bill Sikes. Tony Bingham plays the role, and he portrays a captivatingly terrifying Sikes just by the way he looks—smoldering with lust, simmering with resentment about to burst."
"Turning in the evening's most impressive performance is Karen Baum, who plays Nancy, a former protege of Fagin's who now is a prostitute under the marginal protection of Sykes. She commands attention and compassion with her forceful understanding of how her character and fellow criminals ended up in their London underworld."
"James FitzGerald oozes rapacity and mendacity as Fagin. Ken Bolden credibly recreates a trio of Dickensian types, and David Cabot is wonderfully bombastic as Mr. Bumble. As his paramour and partner in parochial persecution of the poor waifs, Bridget Connors is appropriately smarmy."