Toy theatre sheet for Oliver Twist: c.1870
3 0 c m
actual image size: 27cm x 22cm

Toy theatre sheet for Oliver Twist: c.1870

John Redington

© Museum of London

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Handcoloured toy theatre scenery plate for the play Oliver Twist. Used in scenes, 6, 8 & 15 of the play the sheet depicts a street scene with a church and a bookstore, possibly representing Clerkenwell the scene of Oliver's first encounter with Mr Brownlow.
The huge popularity of Charles Dickens's novel Oliver Twist inspired playwrights to immediately adapt the book for the stage. By the end of 1838 three different dramatic productions of Oliver Twist were being performed in London’s theatres. The enduring popularity of the play and novel is reflected in the publication of this original toy theatre version by John Redington between 1866 and 1876.




1866 AD - 1876 AD

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