The British TNT Theatre will perform a stage production of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang city during its cross-country tour of Vietnam from May 2-13.

The TNT Theatre will give six performances in Ho Chi Minh City on May 2-5, a single show in the central city of Da Nang on May 9 and conclude their Vietnam tour in Hanoi with three public appearances at the municipal Opera House.

Known as the first modern novel, the drama Oliver Twist deals with the ties between poverty and crime and reflects the cruel treatment of the poor at the time.

Although it was written more than 160 years ago, the social issues in the story remain compatible with present-day circumstances. Its main characters, including Fagin, Bill, Nancy and the Artful Dodger have become as famous as the characters of William Shakespeare.

Last year, the theatre group presented the classic Shakespearian tragedy Macbeth, drawing attention from Vietnamese audiences.-VNA