Charles Dickens News

Date Of Birth:
February 07, 1812
Date Of Death:
June 09, 1870 (58)
Birth Place:
Portsmouth, Hampshire, ENGLAND
Kwame Kwei-Armah's LET THERE BE LOVE to be Featured in A.C.T.'s 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2014

A.C.T. kicks off its 2014-15 season with the West Coast premiere of the Signature Theatre production of Old Hats (September 10-October 5, 2014), starring Tony Award winners Bill Irwin and David Shiner. Using music, technology, and movement - plus a few other tricks up their sleeves - Old Hats combines the inimitable magic, slapstick and hilarity of Irwin and Shiner into a wild and remarkable outing of theater for generations old and new. Directed by Tina Landau, Old Hats was the recipient of the 2013 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Alternative Theatrical Experience and the 2013 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revue. Old Hats marks the first collaboration for Irwin and Shiner since the smash Broadway hit Fool Moon, which set A.C.T. box office records during its sold-out 1998 run and their return engagement in 2001. Press night for Old Hats will be on Wednesday, September 17, 2014. (more...)

BIG FISH, GHOST, THE LITTLE MERMAID & More Set for Hale Centre Theatre's 2015 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2014

Hale Centre Theatre, Utah's Premiere Family Theatre, is celebrating its 30th anniversary year with a stellar 2015 season announced today, bringing big production names and Hale's 13th regional premiere to the theatre in the round. (more...)

Naked Girls Reading to Present CAKE OR DEATH, 5/21
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2014

On Wednesday May 21st, New York's 'Best Story Hour' (The Village Voice Best of NY) attempts to solve history's greatest dilemma, as Naked Girls Reading presents CAKE VS DEATH. It's marzipan versus murder, frosting versus the final rest, and the Grim Reaper versus ganache. Angel food goes head-to-head with the Dark Angel in this, the epic literary battle for the ages! (more...)

Geffen Playhouse Adds SWITZERLAND, THE NIGHT ALIVE and Two More Shows to Its 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2014

The Geffen Playhouse has announced four plays for the eight-play 2014-2015 season, including the Co-World Premiere, with the Sydney Theatre Company, of the Geffen commissioned, Switzerland, written by Joanna Murray-Smith (The Female of the Species); the West Coast Premieres of The Night Alive, written by Olivier and Evening Standard Award winner and Tony nominee Conor McPherson (The Weir, The Seafarer) and directed by Geffen Artistic Director Randall Arney; and The Power of Duff, written by Stephen Belber and directed by Peter DuBois (Rapture, Blister, Burn); and The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord, written by Scott Carter. (more...)

Geoffrey Rush to Star as OLIVER! Composer Lionel Bart in Upcoming Musical Biopic
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2014

According to the Daily Mail, Geoffrey Rush will once again bridge the stage-screen gap by playing OLIVER! composer Lionel Bart in an upcoming biopic, directed by Vadim Jean. Filming is set to begin this fall. (more...)

THE THREEPENNY OPERA, FIGARO & More Set for A Noise Within's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

A Noise Within, led by Producing Artistic Directors Geoff Elliott and Julia Rodriguez-Elliott, announces its 23rd season of classic theater in Southern California. Informed by the climate of social and economic upheaval in which we live, the season's theme-reflected in a kaleidoscopic palette of plays-is REVOLUTION. (more...)

Alley Theatre Announces the 2014 – 2015 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2014

Gregory Boyd, Artistic Director of the Tony Award-winning Alley Theatre, announces 6 of the 7 plays that will comprise its 2014-2015 season, entitled "Alley Theatre @ UH, " featuring Alley Resident Actors and favorites in stellar roles. (more...)

THE WHITE SNAKE, MR. BURNS, THE CRUCIBLE & More Set for Guthrie Theater's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2014

Guthrie Director Joe Dowling today announced ten mainstage productions in his final season at the helm of the world renowned theater, culminating 20 years of remarkable leadership. The 2014-2015 lineup includes first-time Guthrie productions of plays by A.R. Gurney, Anne Washburn and Sarah Ruhl, three productions directed by Dowling, including a beloved Shakespeare comedy and iconic masterpieces by Arthur Miller and Sean O'Casey, the Guthrie debut of visionary writer and director Mary Zimmerman, as well as an all-American musical slated for summer. (more...)

Alexander Showcase Theatre to Present THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD, Begin. 5/2
by BWW News Desk - Apr 07, 2014

Toronto based Alexander Showcase Theatre will perform "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" from May 2-4 & 8-11 at the Al Green Theatre in the Miles Nadal JCC (750 Spadina Ave.). Tickets are available now at, by emailing, or by calling (416) 324-1259. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Merced Offers New Version of THE THREE MUSKETEERS
by Harmony Wheeler - Apr 06, 2014

If an Alexandre Dumas version of the San Francisco Charles Dickens Christmas Fair existed, I imagine its skits would look somewhat like Playhouse Merced's current production of "The Three Musketeers." That's no surprise, since writer, director Micah Chandler specializes in sword fights and teaches his own "Dogs of War stage combat performing arts troupe." And Merced's "Musketeers" feels very much so like a community troupe putting together a show. It comes with those low-budget kickers and generally read-through-type acting, but it also includes clear standouts in its cast, a near-perfect script and fantastic scenic design by Corey Strauss. (more...)

Wer war der Mörder? – Premiere von DAS GEHEIMNIS DES EDWIN DROOD in Wiesbaden
by Iris Moebius - Apr 04, 2014

Ein Mann verschwindet. Wurde er ermordet? Wer ist der Mörder? Das jugend-club-theater präsentiert Das Geheimnis des Edwin Drood am Samstag, 12. April um 20.00 Uhr in der Wartburg. Im Musical ist es das Publikum, das über den Ausgang des Falles und somit über das Ende der Show zu entscheidet. (more...)

BWW Previews: Actors Theatre, Theatre [502], Savage Rose Announce 2014-2015 Seasons
by Todd Zeigler - Apr 03, 2014

2014-2015 season announcements from some of Louisville's most popular theater companies. (more...)

Marymount Manhattan College to Honor Tony Nominee Frank Wildhorn at President's Gala, 4/28
by BWW News Desk - Apr 01, 2014

On Monday, April 28, 2014, Marymount Manhattan College (MMC) will host the annual President's Gala, a special evening honoring Grammy and Tony Award nominated composer, lyricist and producer Frank Wildhorn. (more...)

Cameron Mackintosh Unraveling 'Web of Rights' for New OLIVER! Film Adaptation
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2014

More?! Of course we want more -- OLIVER!, that is. The Daily Mail writes that Cameron Mackintosh is plowing ahead with a new film adaptation of the Lionel Bart musical, assuming he can get all the proper permissions for the project. Mackintosh owns most of the stage rights to the show and has been rooting out who owns the motion picture rights. (more...)

WAIT UNTIL DARK, WOMEN IN JEOPARDY!, 'VANYA AND SONIA' and More Set for Geva Theatre Center's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2014

Geva Theatre Center's Artistic Director Mark Cuddy and Executive Director Tom Parrish are proud to announce the 12 major productions of the much anticipated 2014-2015 Season, the non-profit's 42nd year of making professional theatre of a national standard in Rochester. (more...)

Orlando Shakespeare Theater Sets 26th Season: LES MIS, RAPUNZEL, HENRY V & More
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2014

Artistic Director Jim Helsinger and Managing Director PJ Albert announced the 10 productions that will comprise Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF's upcoming 2014-2015 Season. Featuring a mix of Shakespeare favorites, popular stories for children of all ages, daring new plays, and a musical event of epic proportions, the celebrated Theater's 26th Season offers something for every audience in Central Florida and beyond. (more...)

AS YOU LIKE IT, ROMEO & JULIET and More Set for TAM's 2014 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2014

The British are coming to Monmouth for Theater at Monmouth's 45th season. The British Invasion, running from June 28 through September 28, 2014, features a line-up of plays from England's greatest playwrights. (more...)

Naked Girls Reading to Present SMORGASBORD, 4/16
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2014

It's readers' choice at New York's 'Best Story Hour' (The Village Voice Best of NY), as Naked Girls Reading presents SMÖRGÅSBORD! Join some of of our favorite Naked Girls as they present a buffet of their most beloved books ever: from classics to contemporary fiction, children's literature to poetry, scripts, lyrics and more - anything goes! (more...)

Frank Wildhorn's New Musical FREEDOM'S SONG and More Set for Ford's Theatre's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2014

Ford's Theatre Director Paul R. Tetreault today announced that the Ford's Theatre 2014-2015 season will include mainstage productions of Driving Miss Daisy, headlined by Nancy Robinette and Craig Wallace, the return of Edward Gero as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, the world premiere of The Widow Lincoln by James Still, and a new musical, Freedom's Song, still in development, inspired by the words of Lincoln and those who lived through the Civil War. (more...)

Lifeline Theatre Extends A TALE OF TWO CITIES Through 4/13
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2014

A Tale of Two Cities runs through April 13 at Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave. (free parking and shuttle; see below). Performance times are Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 4 and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 4 p.m. (more...)

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