The Children’s Theatre Partnership and Royal & Derngate, Northampton present

Michael Rosen’s

Unexpected Twist

An Oliver Twisted Tale

by Roy Williams

Music by Yaya Bey   Conrad Murray

Directed by James Dacre

Designed by Frankie Bradshaw

Touring spring 2023

Unexpected Twist is the re-telling of the Charles Dickens classic, Oliver Twist, by one of the best-loved figures in the children’s book world, Michael Rosen. Combining two stories in one; Rosen’s story and the Dickens classic that inspired it. Two stories that twist together, unexpectedly!

Shona and her class are studying the book, Oliver Twist. She’s the new girl in school and is finding it hard to stay out of trouble – much like Oliver himself! When she’s given a new phone by a stranger, she begins to suspect there’s something unusual about the new boys she’s met.

Michel Rosen is the English children’s novelist, poet, and the author of 140 books. He served as Children’s Laureate from June 2007 to June 2009. He has been a TV presenter and a political columnist, and his books include Carrying the Elephant: A Memoir of Love and Loss and Uncle Billy Being Silly.

This thrilling production is brought to vivid life by The Children’s Theatre Partnership, whose shows have included Animal Farm, Holes and The Jungle Book. Directed by James Dacre (2020 Olivier Award nominated Our Lady of Kibeho), Rosen’s novel is adapted for the stage by BAFTA award winning playwright Roy Williams with original music by rising R&B star Yaya Bey and BAC Beatbox Academy’s Conrad Murray.

Suitable for 8+


Coming soon


  • Kate Donnachie
  • Alex Hardie
  • Rosie Hilal
    Ms Cavani
  • Drew Hylton
  • Nadine Rose Johnson
  • Polly Lister
  • Alexander Lobo Moreno
  • James Meteyard
  • Liyah Summers
  • Thomas Vernal


  • Michael Rosen
    Written by
  • Roy Williams
    Adapted by
  • Yaya Bey | Conrad Murray
    Music by
  • James Dacre
    Directed by
  • Frankie Bradshaw
    Designed by
  • Sarah Bird CDG
    Casting Director
  • Vicky Richardson
    Casting Director
  • Children's Theatre Partnership
  • Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Unexpected Twist

Touring 2023

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