The Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Orlando, Fla., has taken on the mammoth task of staging the 6 1/2-hour version of Nicholas Nickleby (cut down slightly from the 8 1/2-hour version that ran in London and New York). Terry Teachout of the Wall Street Journal reviews it here.
This one will have its world premiere in Northampton, England, next month. It will star Oliver Dimsdale (whom you may have seen in various period TV dramas, including Downton Abbey) and Abigail McKern (who was in a TV adaptation of Nicholas Nickleby).
At the Huffington Post, Scott Carter recounts how he came to write his new play "The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: DISCORD," which opens this week in Los Angeles.
The "What the Dickens?" festival in Orlando, Florida, features "202 event days celebrating his 202nd birthday." Events include plays, movie screenings, art exhibits, games, and more! Go here and here to read all about it.
In Tacoma, Washington, on Sunday, a performance combining a live reading of A Christmas Carol with a virtual Victorian environment took place. I'm sorry I didn't get a chance to post the story earlier, but at least you can read about how the whole thing was put together!
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.