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.
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.
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?
The New York group Everyone's Carol has been invited to perform their adaptation of A Christmas Carol at the Dickens Museum in London, and they're raising funds for the trip. Click here to find out how you can help!
Ralph Fiennes has an interview in the New York Times about The Invisible Woman and Great Expectations. (The Times claims that the latter is "opening Friday" -- that would be today, I suppose? First I've heard of it, unless perhaps it's opening in extremely limited release in one or two NYC theaters. If you happen to see it playing somewhere near you, let us know!)
The Ledger Independent has a positive review of Vivi Barnes's forthcoming Young Adult novel Olivia Twisted, which updates Oliver Twist and turns the young thieves into hackers.
A new production of A Christmas Carol, in which just five actors will play all the parts, will open off-Broadway later this month.
A Cambridge, Ohio, group called the Rainy Day Writers has collaborated on a book called A Dickens of a Christmas, which describes "how Cambridge, with support from residents, transforms the downtown area into a Dickens Village during the holiday season."
The Los Angeles Times reports that the Bay Area is getting ready for the annual Great Dickens Christmas Fair & Victorian Holiday Party. It opens November 23.
The Trinity Repertory Company, of Providence, Rhode Island, will stage a production of A Christmas Carol that "fits the needs of individuals with autism spectrum disorders and other cognitive and physical disabilities." Go here or here to find out more.