Dickensian Dramas: Plays from Charles Dickens: Volume 2

ISBN : 9780198787969

Jim Davis
368 Pages
156 x 234 mm
Pub date
Nov 2017
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Dickens loved the stage—he enjoyed thousands of evenings in the theatre, and longed to write for it and to perform himself, an ambition he eventually satisfied by touring alone with his Readings. Victorian prejudice and his need to preserve his personal image kept him from openly becoming a stage professional earlier in his career, but all his work was informed by his dramatic imagination. He found ways of circumventing these taboos by seeking closer and closer contact over the staging of his work with dramatic writers, admired actors, and trusted theatre managements. In the later stages of his career these tacit collaborations continued (as with Celine Celeste's staging of A Tale of Two Cities), although the 1860s and, subsequent to Dickens's death, the 1870s also saw a number of more independent adaptations, often celebrated for the quality of acting they inspired. This book presents, for the first time, fully edited texts of some of these later plays, ranging from Dion Boucicault's Dot (a version of The Cricket on
the Hearth) to J. P. Burnett's adaptation of Bleak House (entitled Jo), as well as Jingle, a one-act farce adapted from James Albery's dramatization of The Pickwick Papers.


Tom Taylor, A Tale of Two Cities, Lyceum Theatre, January 1860
Dion Boucicault, Dot, Adelphi Theatre, April 1862 (New York, 1859)
Wilkie Collins and Charles Dickens, No Thoroughfare, Adelphi Theatre, December 1867
John Hollingshead, Bardell v. Pickwick, Gaiety Theatre, January 1871
W. S. Gilbert, Great Expectations, Court Theatre, May 1871
J. P. Burnett, Jo, or Bleak House, Globe Theatre, February 1876 (Liverpool, 1875)
James Albery, Jingle, Lyceum Theatre, April 1887

About the author: 

Jim Davis is Professor of Theatre Studies at the University of Warwick.

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