Sikes & Nancy

Charles Dickens adapted Sikes and Nancy from the grislier material in Oliver Twist. It became the most notorious of his legendary Public Readings; a masterpiece of high Gothic melodrama.

Audiences were shocked into silence. Women would scream and faint. “I shall tear myself to pieces” Dickens vowed before one performance. He surely did – it is now thought that the strain of ‘The Murder’ hastened Dickens’s early death.


Presented by Jimmy Jewell for Ladida Productions in association with The Production Exchange

By Charles Dickens

Performed by James Swanton

James Swanton is a fearless actor who in Sikes and Nancy pushes the art of physical expression into fantastical areas of theatre that are far too little explored. He is a remarkable performer and the show is a startling and enthralling contribution to the art of the theatre.” SIMON CALLOW

“It was one of the most engaging and captivating hours of theatre I have experienced” VARSITY REVIEW

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