Model for Oliver Twist

Model for Oliver Twist

This design by Harry Emden is from a production of Oliver Twist at His Majesty's Theatre in 1905. A leading West End designer, Emden worked extensively at Drury Lane with the producer Augustus Harris, famous for staging the most spectacular pantomimes in London. Emden came for a theatrical family. His father was a theatrical manager and playwright, his brother the architect of the Royal Court and Garrick Theatres in London as well as several provincial theatres, and his mother was an actress. This model shows the steps below London Bridge for the scene in which the villainous Bill Sykes is betrayed by his lover Nancy in an attempt to save Oliver.