Dickens' Oliver Twist Joins Jewish-Focused TFANA Season with Malta, Venice

News   Dickens' Oliver Twist Joins Jewish-Focused TFANA Season with Malta, Venice Theatre for a New Audience adds a Neil Bartlett adaptation of Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist to its upcoming season, which will include F. Murray Abraham in Christopher Marlowe's The Jew of Malta and William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice.

The new three-play season for the classics-devoted company focuses on Jews in English literature. The two latter works, which Playbill.com first reported in Decebmber 2005, will run in repertory starring Academy Award winner Abraham in both title roles.

Abraham will then play in The Merchant of Venice in England for the Royal Shakespeare Company's Complete Works Festival. Dates and details are forthcoming.

Bartlett will direct his adaptation of the Dickens work in a co-production between TFANA and Cambridge, Massachusetts' American Repertory Theatre. No casting has yet been announced.

Abraham earned an Academy Award for his turn in the movie version of Peter Shaffer's "Amadeus" as composer Antonio Salieri. He most recently appeared in the Off Broadway run of Trumbo, the Madison Square Garden A Christmas Carol and Encores! presentation of New Moon. His other stage credits include Triumph of Love, A Month in the Country, Angels in America, King Lear and The Fantasticks.

Theatre for a New Audience currently presents the New York premiere of Howard Brenton's Sore Throats at the Duke on 42nd Street (through May 21). Subscriptions for the upcoming TFANA season are available by calling (212) 229 2819 ext. 10. For more information, visit www.tfana.org/.