Novel theatre: Adam Silverman illuminates The Cider House Rules

One of the more fondly remembered stage productions of the last 20 years is the Royal Shakespeare Company adaptation of Charles Dickens' The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. Using little more than a company of talented actors and a spare design, adapter David Edgar and directors Trevor Nunn and John Caird created a theatrical page-turner that became an international hit.

However, Nicholas Nickleby was something of a theatrical dead end, a fabulous one-time-only event that ins

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