The much-anticipated new London stage production of Great Expectations opened last night. The Londonist has a review of this "Tim Burton-esque take." And Glamour has a brief report that focuses on the costume design. They have a nice photo of Grace Rowe as Estella.
Speaking of Great Expectations, Dickensblog reader Charity sends a link to a whole bunch of new still photos from the long-delayed-in-America feature film, and adds that it's driving her nuts that there's still no U.S. release date. I know the feeling.
The Washington Post offers a tongue-in-cheek look at what Dickens's characters would be up to today. My favorites were the predictions for Oliver Twist and Miss Havisham!
A replica of a sign that young Charles Dickens used to see on his way home from the blacking factory -- the Dog and Pot sign -- has been unveiled by Mark Dickens, his great-great-grandson. You can read all about it, and listen to Mark's speech, here.
The Week has a list of 11 words and phrases coined (or at least popularized) by Dickens.
This appears to be a few years old, but it's too good not to share: "NFL Players Whose Names Sound Vaguely Dickensian, and the Characters They Would Be in an Actual Dickens Novel (2007-2008 Regular Season Edition)." I agree that Ethan Albright, Darnell Dinkins, Luke Petitgout, Channing Crowder, Rex Hadnot, James Dearth, Chris Snee, Otis Grigsby, Alge Crumpler, Jeremy Trueblood, Jamaal Fudge, Derrick Dockery, and Darnell Dockett sound vaguely Dickensian. Not so sure about Marcus Maxwell, Will Witherspoon, Langston Walker, and Ellis Hobbs.
Dickens on the Strand is a world-famous annual one-weekend
festival dedicated to Dickens and his time. It is located in Galveston in the
state of Texas, and takes place during the first weekend of December, rain or
This was my first experience visiting the festival, although
I had already heard about the parades, the food, the costumes, and the visits
from Dickens’s relatives. After missing last year’s festival (and the
opportunity to view the famous Dickens’s Dream painting in person) I decided this would be the year
I would finally visit the festival, especially with the bicentennial taking place this year.
Time, that is, for me to share the latest picture of Gerald Dickens and me before his performance of A Christmas Carol. This is getting to be quite the tradition!
The performance was, as ever, magnificent. If Mr. Dickens is coming to a city near you, I can't recommend it highly enough. Also, this year he's raffling off his costume to help raise money for the new Dickens statue in Portsmouth, so you just might end up with a nice new outfit! (The actual raffle will take place in January, but tickets are currently being sold at every place he performs, for $5 apiece.)
Gerald Dickens visited Ye Olde Bulls Head Inn in Beaumaris, where his great-great-grandfather once gave the food a scathing review. Fortunately, the current innkeeper didn't seem inclined toward revenge!
Lucinda Dickens Hawksley gave a well-received speech before a performance of Great Expectations at Darlington Civic Theatre.
And Sir John Everett Millais's portrait of Kate Perugini, Dickens's daughter, will be auctioned off at Sotheby's next month.