These two adaptations are very different, Alan Bleasdale’s interpretation has captured Fagin as a more realistic character and Lionel Bart’s version has captured him as a loveable rogue.
The name Mr Fang may suggest aspects of evil and it does, so Charles Dickens tries to portray the personality of a character through their name, in some cases.
The other character I have chosen to do is Fagin as Dickens has portrayed the criminal world through this character.
Most of his childhood was spent in Portsmouth or Chatham, in Kent.
His father was a clerk in the Naval Pay Office and although he was hard working, he was rarely able to live within his income.
Charles Dickens is portraying his concerns of the corruption of law through people who have power, such as the magistrates and Bumble, and that is why I have chosen Bumble to show how Dickens depicts him.
Charles Dickens also portrays the personalities of his characters through their name; he does this with various characters.
Whereas in the famous Oliver musical, Fagin is interpretated as a loveable rogue and he his not driven to care for Oliver by Monks, but it happens by coincidence.
This appears more unrealistic than Alan Bleasdale interpretation.
In the famous musical Oliver by Lionel Bart, Fagin is introduced, as a loving and generous man, who is not under the influence of Monks, as the character does not exists.
However in Alan Bleasdale’s adaptation the audience have clear understanding that Fagin is under the influence of Monks, which is why he appears kind and generous, to influence Oliver to be a thief.