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CHARLES DICKENS AND THE GREAT THEATRE OF THE WORLD

Synopsis

Two hundred years after his death, Dickens's work is more popular than ever. Theatre was central to his life, from his earliest years as a child entertainer in Portsmouth pubs, to his reluctant retirement from 'these garish lights' barely a year before his death. He wrote plays, he acted in them; he stage-managed them, all with fanatical perfectionism. Simon Callow explores this extraordinary theatrical core to Dickens in this short life of one of our greatest novelists.