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The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey offers special discount tickets in celebration of its 50th Anniversary Season

Rick Engler, Director of Marketing, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey

Friday, September 14, 2012 • 5:38pm

In celebration of The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s 50th Anniversary Season, the Theatre will offer a limited number of specially-priced seats to several performances of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist for $19.63, in honor of the year the company was founded in Cape May, New Jersey.  These 50th Anniversary commemorative tickets will go on sale at 10am on September 17th and can be purchased by calling the box office at 973-408-5600 or by visiting the box office.   Tickets will be on sale through September 24th or until they are sold out.   This critically acclaimed stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist by British playwright, author, and director Neil Bartlett continues through Oct. 7th at The Shakespeare Theatre’s Main Stage - the intimate F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre.  Performances are Tuesday through Sunday evenings, and Saturday and Sundays at 2 p.m.  For more information, visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org. The F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre is located at 36 Madison Avenue (at Lancaster Road), in Madison.

“Throughout this landmark season, we’ve looked for ways for patrons to celebrate our 50th Anniversary with us,” said Artistic Director Bonnie J. Monte. “My hope is that patrons will take this opportunity to bring new friends and family to The Theatre.”   

Using only Dickens’ words, and featuring an ensemble of 13 actors who play more than 30 roles, the visceral landscape of Victorian England’s dark and dangerous underworld comes to vivid life in this dynamic vision of the classic novel.  

 In the review of the premiere of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist in London, the Telegraph said, “Bartlett and his collaborators have rescued Oliver Twist from the sanitised (though enjoyable) Lionel Bart musical, and captured Dickens in all his dark, gaudy glory.  A great novel has been transformed into truly stunning theatre.”

 In addition to writing Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist for the stage, award-winning writer Neil Bartlett has also adapted works by Marivaux and Moliere, as well as Dickens’ Great Expectations and A Christmas Carol.  In all of his adaptations, Barlett only uses text from the original source material. 

About Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, Bartlett wrote “the first decision taken was that the adaptation would be made out of Dickens’ original language and nothing but. Indeed, the extraordinary energy and volatility, the sadistic black comedy and sheer dramatic guts of Dickens’ actual sentences are the raisons d’etre of this piece.  I wanted the show to be as alarming, compelling and as wickedly comic as Dickens’ words are.” 

Tickets

Single tickets for Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist are now on sale and start at $32.   Student Rush tickets are available a half-hour before curtain for $10 with a valid student ID.   For tickets, call the box office at 973-408-5600, visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org or email boxoffice@shakespearenj.org.  Single ticket prices include a $2 facility fee not subject to discount.

 The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s Main Stage, the 308-seat F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, is conveniently located in Madison at 36 Madison Avenue (Route 124) at Lancaster Road (on the Drew University campus), just minutes from routes 287, 78 and 10. Parking is free. 

The F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre is barrier-free with access into the Theatre via a ramp and elevator access to all floors.   Wheelchair seating and transfer seating is available.  Braille and large print programs are available.   Infrared listening devices are available free of charge.  Some performances are audio described.  Contact the theatre for more information.   The Outdoor Stage is located on the campus of the College of St. Elizabeth, 2 Convent Road in Morris Township.   For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 973-408-5600 or visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org.

 The acclaimed Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is an independent, professional theatre company located on the Drew University campus. One of the leading Shakespeare theatres in the nation, serving 100,000 adults and children annually, it is New Jersey’s largest professional theatre company dedicated solely to Shakespeare’s canon and other world classics. Through its distinguished productions and education programs, the company strives to illuminate the universal and lasting relevance of the classics for contemporary audiences.

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