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A Christmas Carol

Popular at any time of year, my performance of
A Christmas Carol has received standing ovations all over the world.

Using my own adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale, I play over 30 characters using vocal and physical talents to bring each
scene vividly to life.

Christmas Carol is available in a variety of
formats: a one or two act one-man show, or with period music supporting the text, performed by pianist Elizabeth Hayes.

Mr Dickens is Coming!

A light-hearted and varied look at the life and character of Charles Dickens. I use scenes from the great author’s works, diary extracts and observations from those who knew and worked with him. With its fresh and modern perspective, Mr Dickens is Coming! has always proved a popular show, running either in a one or two act form.

The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby

Inspired by the RSC’s 8-hour of Nicholas Nickleby, my version packs the plot into just one hour.

Travelling with Nicholas across the country we meet some of Charles Dickens’ greatest characters: Wackford Squeers, Smike, Vincent Crummles, Newman Noggs, Sir Mulberry Hawk and many others. Nicholas Nickleby shows Charles Dickens off to his theatrical best.

The Signalman

Charles Dickens is well known for his ghost stories but The Signalman is the most atmospheric of
them all.  In a deep, damp railway cutting a lonely signalman tells his terrible tale to a complete stranger.  The signal box, the tunnel, even the telegraph wires seem to haunt him at every turn and my performance reflects the brooding nature of the work.

Sikes and Nancy

This is Victorian theatre at its most dramatic. Most of Charles’ readings were safe, well-known and often comic passages from his novels, but in 1869 he introduced Sikes and Nancy to his repertoire. When Dickens performed what he called ‘The Murder’ he judged the success of the evening by the number of ladies who had fainted with horror. Today it has lost none of its power.

Doctor Marigold

Doctor Marigold was one of Charles Dickens most popular readings. The Doctor of the title is a market Cheap Jack, named in honour of a doctor who assisted at his birth. On the surface he is a trader with a rapid sales-patter, but underneath there lays a story both moving and heartbreaking. Although little known today, Dr Marigold still moves audiences as it did in Charles’ day.

Great Expectations

Great Expectations is known as one of Charles’ greatest novels and is my personal favourite. My adaptation takes Pip from the lonely cold Kent marshes and follows his journey into the respectable world of London. Along the way we meet some of Dickens’s greatest characters: Miss Haversham, Estella, Herbert Pocket, Mr Jaggers, Wemmick and the Aged P. Although simply staged Great Expectations is truly dramatic.

© Gerald Dickens // All Rights Reserved

A Christmas Carol

Popular at any time of year, my performance of A Christmas Carol has received standing ovations all over the world.

Using my own adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale, I play over 30 characters using vocal and physical talents to bring each scene vividly to life.

Christmas Carol is available in a variety of formats: a one or two act one-man show, or with period music supporting the text, performed by pianist Elizabeth Hayes.

©Lewis J Brockway

Mr Dickens is Coming!

A light-hearted and varied look at the life and character of Charles Dickens. I use scenes from the great author’s works, diary extracts and observations from those who knew and worked with him. With its fresh and modern perspective, Mr Dickens is Coming! has always proved a popular show, running either in a one or two act form.

©Lewis J Brockway

©Lewis J Brockway

The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby

Inspired by the RSC’s 8-hour of Nicholas Nickleby, my version packs the plot into just one hour. Travelling with Nicholas across the country we meet some of Charles Dickens’ greatest characters: Wackford Squeers, Smike, Vincent Crummles, Newman Noggs,
Sir Mulberry Hawk and many others. Nicholas Nickleby shows Charles Dickens off to his theatrical best.

The Signalman

Charles Dickens is well known for his ghost stories but The Signalman is the most atmospheric of them all.  In a deep, damp railway cutting a lonely signalman tells his terrible tale to a complete stranger.  The signal box, the tunnel, even the telegraph wires seem to haunt him at every turn and my performance reflects the brooding nature of the work.

Sikes and Nancy

This is Victorian theatre at its most dramatic. Most of Charles’ readings were safe, well-known and often comic passages from his novels, but in 1869 he introduced Sikes and Nancy to his repertoire. When Dickens performed what he called ‘The Murder’ he judged the success of the evening by the number of ladies who had fainted with horror. Today it has lost none of its power.

Doctor Marigold

Doctor Marigold was one of Charles Dickens most popular readings. The Doctor of the title is a market Cheap Jack, named in honour of a doctor who assisted at his birth. On the surface he is a trader with a rapid sales-patter, but underneath there lays a story both moving and heartbreaking. Although little known today, Dr Marigold still moves audiences as it did in Charles’ day.

Great Expectations

Great Expectations is known as one of Charles’ greatest novels and is my personal favourite. My adaptation takes Pip from the lonely cold Kent marshes and follows his journey into the respectable world of London. Along the way we meet some of Dickens’s greatest characters: Miss Haversham, Estella, Herbert Pocket, Mr Jaggers, Wemmick and the Aged P. Although simply staged Great Expectations is truly dramatic.

© Gerald Dickens // All Rights Reserved