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"Oliver!" opens in London at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

A production heavily based upon the 1994 Palladium production opened in London's West End in 2009. Produced once again by Cameron Mackintosh, this revival was directed by Shakespeare expert Rupert Goold. The new production opened to rave reviews at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, receiving positive feedback from critics throughout London.

Giacomo Puccini's opera "Tosca" premieres in Rome

It premiered at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome, at what’s now the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, and in just over a year, it had played on four continents. The opera was a success at the box office, but the critics generally turned thumbs down on it, finding its sadism and scenes of attempted rape and physical and mental torture repulsive.

English mathematician and writer Lewis Carroll dies

Carroll was born as Charles Lutwidge Dodgson but is better known under his pen-name. Although was a mathematician, he is more famous because of his two books for children: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass. As an academic, he was interested mainly in geometry, linear and matrix algebra, mathematical logic, and recreational mathematics.

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died 2016

Alan Rickman

died 1898

Lewis Carroll

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