Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol

A dramatised reading of "A Christmas Carol", much as Charles Dickens himself performed it, both in this country and the USA, to great acclaim.

It is performed from memory, and runs for 45-60 minutes. By means of different voices, mannerisms and gestures, the characters of Scrooge, Bob Cratchet, Tiny Tim and the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future will come alive.

Pickwick Papers

Pickwick Papers was suggested to me as a possible reading. However, reducing Pickwick Papers to something that could be delivered in 45-60 minutes proved too daunting a task, so instead I have selected some of my favourite episodes, and interspersed their delivery with the story of how "The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club'" came to be written.

The Public Readings

Charles Dickens was undoubtedly one of our greatest writers - but he was also a very talented actor, a talent which he brought to life during the staged readings of his novels, both in this country and the Unites States of America.

This is the story of how those readings came about, interspersed with examples of his public readings.