24th January Gerald Dickens in ‘The Life & Adventures of ‘Charles Dickens’ & ‘Nicholas Nickleby’
During the first half Gerald will talk about Charles Dickens, his life and how he came to write Nicholas Nickleby and in the second half he will perform his one man show based on the book. Charles Dickens’s third novel gets the Gerald Treatment! Following Nicholas on his travels from Devon to London, to Yorkshire to London, to Hampshire to London and back to Dorset.
Sponsored by WEST CLIFF THEATRE, Clacton-on-Sea.
Gerald Dickens is a great great grandson of the author Charles Dickens. He has worked as an actor, director and producer for many years.
In 1993 he created his first one-man show, a theatrical performance of A Christmas Carol inspired by Charles’ own energetic readings of the 1860s.
A fascination with the life and works of his subject led him to write and direct further one-man shows including Mr Dickens is Coming!, Nicholas Nickleby and Sketches by Boz. He regularly performs in major theatres and arts centres as well as at hotels and stately homes.
He has appeared at several arts and literary festivals in the UK and has been entertaining cruise ship passengers worldwide since 2007. Website
“Not a reading or a dramatisation but the best of both” “He uses his face, voice and body with the verve of a skilled performer” “Dickens the actor gets full value from Dickens the writer” “A gifted storyteller” The Toronto Star
“A Dickens of a performance” The Boston Globe
“A once in a lifetime brush with literary history” The New York Times
“The audience was rapt, as it was in Charles’s day!” The Los Angeles Times
“Dickens cringed in pain, jumped with joy and ventured into the audience…bringing the story to life!” The Minneapolis Star Tribune