Daniel Kaluuya and Paapa Essiedu are among 12 to lend their voice to the Audible original series Oliver Twist. Produced by Sam Mendes, the Audible adaptation is available to listen to now.
Brian Cox, Nicola Coughlan, Elijah Wolf, Emilio Villa-Muhammad, Kit Connor, Julia Davis, Nick Mohammed, Lucian Msamati, Patricia Allison, and Diane Morgan also star in the adaptation of Dickens’ classic.
With an astonishing array of acting talent playing some of the most extraordinary characters in English literature, this is Oliver Twist as you’ve never experienced it before.
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The classic story tells the beloved story of a young orphan born into the grimmest of 19th century English workhouses, faced with a life of grinding poverty ahead of him. Despite this, Oliver (Villa-Muhammad) is a fighter and after being evicted from the workhouse for asking for “more” and surviving a stint as an undertaker’s assistant, he walks many miles to London and finds a whole new life with a gang of young pickpockets led by the Artful Dodger (Wolf) and their guardian Fagin (Cox).
Oliver’s adventures are only beginning as he finds his way into the home of wealthy Mr. Brownlow (Msamati), but even there he is not safe, for Fagin and the dangerous thief Bill Sikes (Kaluuya) seek to snatch him back and lead him deeper into a life of crime. Only Nancy (Coughlan), Bill Sikes’ girlfriend, can ensure Oliver’s safety, even if that puts her own life at risk.
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Recorded in Audible’s London studio, the series also features Foley recordings captured in Dickens’ former London house at 48 Doughty Street, in the rooms where he wrote Oliver Twist. The audiobook will also feature an original score from Dan Gillespie-Sells, lead singer of The Feeling and composer of hit West End musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.
Oliver Twist marks the first in a trilogy of Audible Original adaptations of Charles Dickens classics produced by Mendes, with the next title to be released in 2023. All three audio dramas will feature British casts and will be recorded in London, incorporating the sounds of the city.