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Literary giant ... novelist Charles Dickens
Literary giant ... novelist Charles Dickens
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CHARLES Dickens’ great great grandson is set to perform a “magical” one-man dramatisation of one of his illustrious ancestor’s most famous novels in St Helens next week.

Fans of the ultra-popular Victorian wordsmith can see Gerald Dickens perform an extra-special abridged version of the classic 1830s tale Nicholas Nickleby at Rainford Village Hall next Tuesday evening (May 17).

Gerald Dickens

Gerald Dickens

Gerald, who has worked as an actor, director and producer for many years, said: “This show was based on the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production from the early 1980s but, while they had a cast of 45 and the show lasted eight hours, mine has just me and lasts for an hour!

“It has a bit of everything though: humour, tragedy, good vs evil, heroism and some larger than life characters. It’s a lot of fun.”

Back in 1993 Gerald created his first one-man show - a theatrical performance of A Christmas Carol inspired by his great great grandfather’s own energetic 1860s readings.

David Moore, the co-organiser of the Rainford event, said: “I saw Gerald perform A Christmas Carol at St George’s Hall in Liverpool in December and he was superb.

“I have also seen George Galway, the flautist, and his keyboard player perform a number of times and he never disappoints.”

Tickets for the Rainford reading, priced £10 each, are on sale now.

To book your seat, call Gaynor Connor on 07930 933813 or David Moore on 01744 882083.

Doors are set to open at 7.30pm for a prompt 8pm start.