13 December 2020 / Events

Online Event: Nicholas Nickleby – live!

image: Beverley as John Browdie, J. Webster as Nicholas and Mary Anne Keeley as Smike, from the frontispiece (an engraving by Pierce Egan the Younger) to the playscript of Edward Stirling’s adaptation of the novel.

The Maggie Collins Christmas Event

To lift December’s gloom, please join us via Zoom for a rehearsed reading of the very first stage version of Nicholas Nickleby, adapted by Edward Stirling. Dating from 1838, before the publication of Dickens’ novel as a serial was complete, it was a huge success at the time. Read more about this version here. As we can’t get together or provide our usual refreshments this year, why not nibble a mince pie and sip a glass of mulled wine while you watch at home?

The production will be directed by Sue Solomon with a cast including many of those actors who appeared in her 2019 reading for the STR of Presumption: or the Fate of Frankenstein (watch out for an appearance of Frankenstein’s Creature now playing Wackford Squeers!). For a full cast list click here. Sue has directed many 18th and 19th century plays and has lectured on subjects such as ballooning and the plays of Mrs. Inchbald in order to show what audiences of the time enjoyed.

Note the slightly earlier start time than is usual!   Book here and we will send you by email details of how to join us.

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13 December 2020