Wednesday 22 November 2017

What would Dickens think of today's 'Hard Times'

• Colin Murphy's article on Charles Dickens' visit to Ireland ('Why Dublin's mounted police had to guard Charles Dickens', Irish Independent, December 15) tends to focus on a Tale of One City, Dublin, but Dickens also took his wonderful stage show to Belfast, Cork and Limerick in the 1850s and 1860s.

During his festive tour of readings in Ireland in 1858, he started in Dublin at what is now the Ambassador Cinema, where over 3,000 heard him deliver his wonderful characterisations of characters from 'Dombey and Son' and 'A Christmas Carol' amongst others.

He was much taken by the Dublin people and their interest in his works, remarking that "of their quickness as to the humour, there can be no doubt".

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