NEWS: Dickenstheater received 8th October 2016 the Research Award for best original scholarship on the magic lantern or related issues at the 17th International Convention of the Magic Lantern Society of the US and Canada.
Returning from his very successful 1868 United States reading tour Charles Dickens is back with a new tour. His passion for theatre makes Charles Dickens not just a 'Reader' but an incomparable performer bringing his characters to life. Next to this he gives us sometimes a very personal insight in the origination of his monthly instalments and books and he shares his emotions with regard to some of his characters and even the combination of the plot of some stories compared to events of his own life.
Charles Dickens enjoyed from childhood on the magic lantern and during his life some of his stories were made available for magic lantern performances . a.o. Christmas Carol in 1857. Dickens gave explicit written permission in 1862 to professor J.H. Pepper of the London Royal Polytechnic Institution to create a magic lantern show of the Haunted Man. The optical illusion of a ghost in the Haunted Man is from that moment on copied in theatres, zoo's, museums etc. around the globe and is known as: Peppers' Ghost.
This show is a not just a "Reading" whilst the audience
can enjoy original magic lantern slides as well. Being in the audience of the world famous Charles Dickens is
a unique opportunity and it will be a memory that lasts for a lifetime.