Dickens expert Griff Rhys Jones is about to portray Dickens in a staged reading of A Christmas Carol at London's Southbank Centre. He has an interesting interview in the Telegraph, in which he clears up some of the myths about Dickens and Christmas.
Gerald Dickens is participating in what sounds like a delightful project: a play about the writing of The Life of Our Lord. Jeffrey Hatcher (The Duchess) is the writer, and Dr. Gary Colledge, writer of God and Charles Dickensand a friend of this blog, is serving as a consultant.
A staged reading was recently done at The Kilns, home of C. S. Lewis (which is extra delightful to me, since I love Lewis as much as I love Dickens!). Gerald Dickens reports on the project on his blog. I truly hope one day I get to see this.
CirraiStudios on Etsy has some delightful literary-themed jewelry, including the Tea with Miss Havisham necklace and the new Tea with David Copperfield necklace (thanks to Ruth Anderson for alerting me to the latter)! There's more Dickens-themed jewelry there, too. Don't miss the discount code at the bottom of each listing. And you can like them on Facebook for more discounts.
Daniel Rover Singer's play A Perfect Likeness, in which he imagines a meeting between Dickens and Lewis Carroll, is playing at the Fremont Centre Theatre in South Pasadena, California. From the description: "Bruce Ladd portrays Dickens as a worldly, gregarious, opium using bon vivant whose foul language offends the fussy, quirky, uptight young Dodgson/Carroll played by Daniel J. Roberts."
Wait, what? Frankly, that does not sound like Dickens. Certainly the man had his faults -- but opium? Foul language? Why would you make up new faults instead of using the ones that he actually had?