Celebrating the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens

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Simon Callow reads excerpts from his exciting new book Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World. All in celebration of Charles Dickens 200th anniversary of his birth on 7th February 1812, in Portsmouth. In association with the New Theatre Royal and the Charles Dickens Statue Fund.

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British Council 'Dickens on Film' season in Berlin

Kino Babylon Cinema, Berlin (Germany)

From 23rd November 2011 – 24th January 2012 British Council Germany will screen nine film adaptations of Dickens works across three months in a Dickens 2012 film festival at the legendary Kino Babylon Cinema in Berlin. 

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British Council 'Dickens 2012' festival in China

Several cities, China

November 2011 - February 2012

Films such as David Lean’s Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities (1958) and Nicholas Nickleby (2003) will be shown across cities in China alongside literary salons with Chinese writers such as Mo Yan who will discuss the relevance of Dickens in contemporary literature today.

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UCL professor and Guardian writer John Mullan will chair this event which will showcase UK contemporary writers Claire Tomalin, David Nicholls, Toby Litt, Philip Hensher, Louise Doughty, John Burnside, Denise Mina and AS Byatt. Organised by the British Council in cooperation with Bertelsmann AG, it will take place at Bertelsmann Unter den Linden 1, in Berlin’s historical centre.


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Tour of Dickens London locations by Sandra Shevey

London, UK

Every Sunday in 2012

The good/bad world of Charles Dickens comes under the scrutiny of Sandra Shevey who takes you on a 3-hour walk around London destinations featured in the novels and films. Shevey discusses adaptations and how far they diverge from Dickens's personal credo. Tours (£25 + VAT) take place every Sunday from January 2012 and start at 11am. To find out more, please contact: sandra_shevey@yahoo.com

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'Dickens' Testament' at The Capitol Theatre

The Capitol Theatre, Horsham (UK)

On Charles Dickens’ birthday, Ardingly College Prep School proudly presents the world premiere of 'Dickens’ Testament'. Based on a letter Dickens wrote to his children, stories from the Bible come to life in music and dance. Written by James Verner (original producer of 'Hair' and other West End shows) and hot new composer Adam Langston, this will be a spectacle for all the family to enjoy. 

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The Holiday Home Tour to benefit the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra will take visitors into the world of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”. Three homes will be transformed into scenes of Christmas past, Christmas present and Christmas future. Just like Scrooge in the story, tour participants will walk through these scenes and will have a chance to visit the home of the miserly curmudgeon himself. Guests can enjoy a Christmas morning reception on Friday night with tasty dishes from the mid-19th century. Stage III Community Theatre actors will portray Tiny Tim and the rest of the family from this favorite Christmas story throughout the two days of the tour.

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The ESU Great Dickens Debate - Public Lectures

The English-Speaking Union, Dartmouth House, London (UK)

The English-Speaking Union is a charity using English as a common global language to nurture dialogue and the exchange of ideas and opinions. To celebrate the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens, the ESU will hold two public lectures at Dartmouth House on 23 February 2012 as part of the “ESU Great Dickens Debate”. The morning lecture will be given by Professor Malcolm Andrews, followed in the afternoon by novelist Lynn Shepherd, author of 'Tom All Alone’s', and who will discuss her journey to create a new and darker Dickens for the bicentenary. Contact susan.conway@esu.org for tickets and more information. 

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Charles Dickens: Births, Marriages, Deaths

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

This conference will focus on crucial thresholds, moments of transition, and life cycles as these are represented and questioned in Dickens’s writings. The event will be held at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece will be organized by the School of English and the Department of English Langauge and Literature, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey. Plenary speakers include Michael Hollington and Catherine Waters. For more information please contact Valerie Kennedy (kennedy@bilkent.edu.tr) or Katerina Kitsi (katkit@enl.auth.gr).

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The Drama of Dickens

Waterside Arts Centre, Sale, UK

Rocket Theatre has been producing professional theatre and running classes since 1995. As part of the celebrations of Dickens 2012 Rocket Theatre is pleased to present a series of extracts from some of Dickens well known works as well as some from his earlier and lesser-known plays and short stories. The pieces will be performed by members of the adult acting classes and performed in the relaxed environment of the Chambers at Waterside Arts Centre. A great evening out for Dickens fans and those wishing to discover a little more about the works of this most talented writer. Tickets will be on sale through Waterside Arts Centre Box Office on 0161 912 5616.

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