Beyond Scrooge: Dickens Characters Inspired By Walks Around London

Dec 24, 2013

"Oliver!" tells the story of a young orphan's misadventures in London, from the workhouse to a den of thieves and, finally, to a family that loves him. The musical, on stage now at the 5th Avenue Theatre, is based on the novel "Oliver Twist" by Charles Dickens.

Albert Evans, artistic and music associate at the 5th Avenue Theatre, who says the character of Oliver was one of many Dickens created and used over the years to call attention to societal ills, and to portray London as he saw it.

"Oliver!" runs through Dec. 31 at the 5th Avenue Theatre, and "A Christmas Carol" is at ACT Seattle through Dec. 29.