AN ambitious reimagining of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist by innovative hip hop and contemporary dancers is coming to the Midlands stage.

Fagin’s Twist, the first major production and UK tour by Avant Garde Dance Company since 2012, will appear at Birmingham Hippodrome’s ‘The Patrick Centre’ on Thursday (October 20) and Friday (October 21).

Led by artistic director Tony Adigun, Fagin’s Twist takes the classic piece of literature as its starting point and presents an evocative story of Fagin's youth, corrupted by greed and worn down by poverty.

Tony said: “I have always been excited by the idea of retelling a popular tale.

“I wanted to add a mischievous twist that would play with, and challenge audiences’ perspectives of a much loved classic.”

Featuring five of the familiar Oliver Twist characters – Oliver, Fagin, Bill Sykes, Nancy and the Artful Dodger – the story reimagines the paths of their lives and their individual circumstances. Some offer us rare glimpses of human pathos, whilst others are seen in a darker, more mysterious light.

The production includes original compositions by Benji Bower and Seymour Milton and tracks by underground artists including Mika Vainio and Tisme.

Tickets for Fagin’s Twist, which begins at 7.45pm both nights, are available for £12 and can be booked by calling 0844 338 5000 or from birminghamhippodrome.com