I was intrigued to learn that British writer and historian Lauren Johnson has written a play about Dickens's friend Angela Burdett-Coutts, titled Lady Unknown. (That was also the title of a biography of Burdett-Coutts.) The play has been performed at the Charles Dickens Museum.
"She deserve to be remembered and celebrated," says Johnson of the Victorian heiress and philanthropist who worked closely with Dickens on several charitable efforts. I couldn't agree more.
An exciting new production of Oliver! is playing at Washington's Arena Stage. I reviewed it for DC Metro Theatre Arts. Here's a sample: "From its opening number, Arena Stage’s innovative new production of Lionel Bart’s Oliver! is bursting with excitement and emotion. Director Molly Smith has stripped the classic musical based on Charles Dickens’s novel to its essence, bringing out its inherent rawness and power."
Before performing his one-man Great Expectations at Guildford Book Festival, Gerald Dickens talked with Get Surrey about his favorite Dickens novel, the appeal of doing one-man shows, whether he'd like to write a novel himself, and more!
The new musical OLIVÉRio: A Brazilian Twist, based on Oliver Twist and set in modern-day Rio de Janeiro, will have its world premiere at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., next January. Go here for a description!
Roger Rees, the actor who won an Olivier Award and a Tony Award in the title role of the 1980 Nicholas Nickleby adaptation (and later earned an Emmy nomination for the U.S. televised version), died Friday at age 71. Rees also played Fred, as well as acting as narrator, in the 1984 television adaptation of A Christmas Carol.