TNT theater to perform classic Dickens work in HCMC

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The British Theater TNT will present Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist" at the Ho Chi Minh City Opera House from May 2-4. Performances are due to begin at 8 p.m.

The iconic tale, of an abused orphan who escapes from a workhouse, travels to London only to be kidnapped by a gang of juvenile pickpockets, is told through the eyes of Fagin the gang's elderly leader who ends up paying through the nose for his life of crime.

Portraying the hard life of waifs and strays in 18th century urban London, the famous Dickens novel has inspired countless cinematic and theatrical adaptations. TNT has been putting on their distinct approach to "Oliver Twist" for more than 15 years. The production has toured Europe, Asia and now comes to Vietnam for the first time.

Last year, TNT presented the classic Shakespearian tragedy "Macbeth" after receiving local accolades for its version of "Romeo and Juliet" in 2009 and "A Christmas Carol," another famous work by Dickens, in 2010.

The TNT Theater was founded in 1980 by Paul Stebbings, who received regular Arts Council funding for work in Britain. It has established itself as one of the most popular international touring theater companies in the world.

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