The Bookseller – Rights – Director Sam Mendes partners with Audible for Dickens’ audio dramas
British film and theater director Sir Sam Mendes has signed an exclusive deal with Audible to produce three audio dramas based on novels by Charles Dickens.
The first part, which will be released in November, will be a reimagining of Oliver Twistwith two more titles to follow in 2023. An all-star British cast will feature in the audio production, further details of which will be announced later in the year.
Audible’s London studios are located near Saffron Hill, the home of Dickens’ character Fagin’s lair, where Oliver and the other members of the pickpocketing gang live. Jacob’s Island, the notorious slum of Victorian London and the setting for history’s heyday, is also nearby. Foley Recordings – a sound effects technique of creating and ‘making’ everyday noises – will be captured on location in Rotherhithe, in and around an old pub which dates back to the Dickensian era.
Mendes is known for his work on films such as ‘Skyfall’, ‘Revolutionary Road’, ‘1917’, ‘Road to Perdition’ and ‘Jarhead’. His work in the theater, directing plays such as “The Ferryman”, “The Lehman Trilogy” and “Company” in the West End and on Broadway, won him three Laurence Olivier Awards and two Tony Awards for Best Direction. scene from a play.
“Audible’s London headquarters are located on the very streets where Charles Dickens walked, and from which he drew many of his amazing characters,” he said. “It sounds like a perfect marriage – the most prolific storytellers of our time, with the greatest storyteller of all time. I’m thrilled to be working with Audible to bring some of my favorite Dickens novels to life, using the sounds vibrant London to create an immersive sense of the city and a fantastic collection of actors to create the timeless characters that inhabit it.It will truly be cinema for the ears – a chance to experience Dickens’ extraordinary and kaleidoscopic world of a whole new way.
Aurélie De Troyer, Senior Vice President of International English Content at Audible, said, “It is an honor to partner with Sam Mendes on his audio debut. The cast is extraordinary, and we can’t wait for them to bring their famous style to three beloved Dickens classics. Oliver Twistthe first title released later this year, is sure to be an epic family audio listening event for the holidays”.