Monday 25 September 2017

Dickens's day

• Last Saturday, June 8, marked the anniversary of the untimely death (at 58) of one of the greatest writers in English literature.

As part of the bicentenary celebrations of his birth, Simon Callow, the great Dickensian interpreter and impersonator, has recently published a book ('Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World') celebrating this remarkable man and the full force of his theatrical personality.

The multitude of films and TV adaptations that his great works have spawned, emphasises both their (and his) theatricality. Such was the 'Dickens fever' that he inspired in his own Victorian times, many of his books (which he serialised in monthly publications) were adapted by theatre managers for the stage before they had even been completed in the 'monthlies'.

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