An early dramatization of Oliver Twist by George Almar was staged at the Royal Surrey Theatre on November 19th, 1838, and was printed by the John Dicks Press.  The printed version was titled Oliver Twist, A Serio-Comic Burletta In Three Acts.  Dickens attended a performance and was so distressed that he laid down on the floor of his box in dismay.  Nevertheless, the play had a highly successful run of eighty-six performances at the Surrey, and was revived several times.  The cast included Master Owen as “Oliver,” W. Smith as “Bumble,” and E. F. Saville as “Sikes.”