In 1968 Mark Lester famously played the character of Oliver Twist; the film went on to become a very successful and much celebrated gem of British Musical Film making.
Towards the end of the film Bill Sykes (played by Oliver Reed) brutally murders Nancy before he is then shot by the metropolitan police. Fagin (played by Ron Wood) realises he has lost his best protégé and starts to worry about his own future without the substantial protection and benefits that Sykes provided him with. Fagin considers that a change of lifestyle might be wise; however, just as he is about to walk away from a life of crime, Dodger re-appears with a wallet that he stole earlier. Fagin and Dodder dance off into the sunrise re-kindling the mischievous bond they shared to continue their lives as thieves. Oliver is adopted by Mr. Brownlow and we are left to assume that Oliver goes on to lead a happy and crime free life as a gentleman of London’s high society.
Mark Lester re-visits the character of ‘Oliver Twist ‘after a break of nearly 60 years and shocks his audience by re-appearing in this sinister new portrayal of Oliver. Mark Lester’s interpretation of Oliver as a man is both surprising and unexpected as it is a complete reversal of Oliver’s character as the sweet and innocent boy ‘Oliver’ he portrayed in the film.Oliver soon tires of his new life with Mr Brownlow and starts to miss the excitement and danger of the life he experienced when he was friends with Dodger. Deciding that living a life as a London gentleman was not for him Oliver decides to run away from his privileged life and return to streets of Covent Garden in search of his old friends from the orphanage. Upon returning Oliver soon realises that the death of Bill Sykes has left him an incredible opportunity to assume control of all that was once his and sets out to look for Fagin and Dodger in a bid to enlist their help with his new master plan.
Turning to a life of crime proves to be the making of Oliver as his darker side is exposed to reveal an evil and menacing character who will not allow anyone or anything to stand in the way of his ruthless assent to become a successful and feared overlord of London’s notorious underworld gangs.
Marc Oliver were commissioned to make the suit, shirt and tie for this project to be exhibited at
The Wellington Club Knightsbridge, London SW1.