Toy theatre sheet representing key characters from Oliver Twist: c.1870

John Redington

Toy theatre sheet representing key characters from Oliver Twist: c.1870
3 0 c m
40cm
actual image size: 27cm x 22cm

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Handcoloured toy theatre character plate for the play Oliver Twist. The sheet numbered '5' is printed with figures representing key characters in various poses including Bill Sikes's attack on Nancy.
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.

Image Details

Artist/Photographer/Maker
 
Date
 
1866 AD - 1876 AD
Image Number
 
010230

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