Virtual  The Shakespeare Series – Dickens & Shakespeare

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28 June 2021 Special 7 pm 8 pm Summer Book Now

Monday evenings with Rick Jones, Blue Badge guide, journalist, music writer

Mon 28 Jun, 7 pm: Shakespeare Birthday Lecture XI: Charles Dickens

The penultimate weekly zoom-lecture connects William Shakespeare with the novelist Charles Dickens. The latter was both thrilled and terrified as a young boy at a swordfight in Henry IV. Shakespeare in the early 19th century was corrupted and bowdlerised out of recognition and it was Dickens who led the demands for a return to the original texts. He also spearheaded the campaign to keep Shakespeare’s birthplace in this country when the American circus PT Barnum had put in a bid to buy it. Dickens was an actor manque and in his last years performed to vast audiences extracts from his novels as if they were Shakespearean monologues. The illustrated zoom-lecture is given by Blue Badge guide Rick Jones. 

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