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Gerald Dickens presents The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby

Friday 29 September 7.45PM (Doors 7PM)

General Admission: £10/£12 (door)   Under 16s: £6/£8 (door) Under  16's must be accompanied by an adult 


Inspired by the RSC’s 8-hour production of Nicholas Nickleby, Gerald’s version packs the plot into just 90 minutes. Travelling with Nicholas across the country we meet some of Charles Dickens’ greatest characters: Wackford Squeers, Smike, Vincent Crummles, Newman Noggs, Sir Mulberry Hawk and many others. Nicholas Nickleby shows Charles Dickens off to his theatrical best.

Gerald Dickens is a great great grandson of the author Charles Dickens. He has worked as an actor, director and producer for many years.

In 1993 he created his first one-man show, a theatrical performance of A Christmas Carol inspired by Charles’ own energetic readings of the 1860’s.

A fascination with the life and works of his subject led him to write and direct further one-man shows, including Mr Dickens is Coming!, Nicholas Nickleby and Great Expectations. He has also adapted many of his ancestor’s own public readings such as The Signalman and Doctor Marigold.

He regularly performs in major theatres and arts centres as well as at hotels and stately homes and has appeared at several arts and literary festivals in the UK.  He has been entertaining cruise ship passengers worldwide since 2007.

He served a term as President of the International Dickens Fellowship, and gave the prestigious 2011 birthday lecture in Dickens’s birthplace city of Portsmouth. He is regarded as a world authority on Dickens’ theatrical career.

Gerald enjoys introducing the works of Charles Dickens to children and young adults, and has taken workshops and performances into schools, colleges and universities, both in the UK and the USA.


When touring, Gerald writes a daily blog which has attracted a global audience of followers and it can be found at