Toy theatre sheet of London Bridge for Oliver Twist: c.1870
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Handcoloured toy theatre scenery plate for the play Oliver Twist. Numbered scene 14 the plate depicts London Bridge, the scene of Nancy's meeting with Mr Brownlow that ultimately leads to her murder at the hands of Bill Sikes. 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 Londons 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