A very busy month at the Free Library of Philadelphia in September to celebrate the Charles Dickens Bicentenary:
Paint the American Eagle
One-Shot Productions will give three performances of their show, Paint the American Eagle, on Mon Sept 10 at 7PM, Tue Sept 11 at 7PM and Wed Sept 12 at 2PM:
“In 1842, Charles Dickens insisted that his wife Catherine accompany him on a six-months journey to America. He recorded for publication his observations and impressions of the new republic, which were not altogether flattering. Catherine didn’t speak publicly about her experience—until now.”
More info on Paint the American Eagle here. Admission is free, but tickets are required. Get your tickets here.
David Lean’s Great Expectations
On Thu Sept 13, I’ll be introducing perhaps the greatest Dickens film adaptation at the County Theater in Doylestown at 7:30 PM. We’ll be repeating this showing (and my introduction) at the Ambler Theater on Wed Sept 19. More info here.
Dickens in Philadelphia Tour
On Sat Sept 15, I’ll be leading a bus tour of the sites Dickens saw when he visited Philadelphia in 1842, including a tour of Eastern State Penitentiary. Sorry to say that this event is sold out. But you can still get your Dickensian fix by attending Byers’ Choice three day Dickens celebration in nearby Chalfont, PA.
A Dickens of a Weekend at Byers’ Choice
On Fri Sept 14 at 5:30PM and Sat-Sun Sept 15-16 from 9AM-5PM, “Byers’ Choice is converting its production floor into a 19th century London street market for a weekend of British fun, food and entertainment!” Lots of performances including free Punch and Judy shows. Gerald Dickens will be performing all three days. And there’s a Fezziwig Ball on Saturday. I’ll be roaming the grounds talking about Dickens, so if you see me, say hello.
More info here on the performances and how to purchase tickets to the events.
Drinking with Dickens
On Mon Sept 17, we’ll be hoisting a few toasts to the Inimitable Boz at the first of our Drinking with Dickens events. This one will be at National Mechanics Bar and Restaurant from 7-9PM. Come prepared to try some Victorian drinks featured in the novels (negus, purl and Dickens’ own recipe for punch) and definitely come prepared with a toast. I’ll be there early if you’d like to join me for dinner before the event.
Sikes and Nancy performed by Gerald Dickens
On Tue Sept 18 Gerald Dickens will be performing his great-great grandfather’s most famous reading, “Sikes and Nancy”:
Victorian theater at its most dramatic, Sikes and Nancy illuminates one of the darkest moments in a Charles Dickens tale: the murder of Nancy Sikes in Oliver Twist. In what he called his Farewell Tour of Britain in 1868, Dickens first presented a passionate reading of this pivotal scene, and it was rumored that he judged the evening’s success by the number of audience faintings.
Not to be missed. You can purchase tickets here.
Dickens Literary Salon: Nicholas Nickleby
On Thur Sept 20, we’ll have our monthly book talk about one of Dickens’ early novels, Nicholas Nickleby. Poor Smike!
The reservations for the Salon are filled, but you can get on the waiting list here (I recommend this, as a few slots always open up on the day of the event).
Whew, a very busy month for the Charles Dickens Ambassador. But what larks!
You can check out all the FLP Dickens events here.