Waiting for Sikes  – A Fresh Look at the Life of Charles Dickens


Online play reading directed by Justin Butcher


Thursday, 10th February 2022

7.00pm (UK) 8.00pm (Italy)


The year is 1870 and Charles Dickens finds himself dangerously ill. He is about to take to the stage for one of the most infamous public readings he will give – a one man show called ‘Sikes and Nancy’ inspired by his book ‘Oliver Twist’. His novels inspired national renowned theatrical pieces, most of which he never saw. The one-man show is his final attempt to regain artistic control over the mountain of work that made him into an icon. The harder he works to create the career he dreams of, the more his personal relationships rupture, and it seems that even the characters in his head refuse to be controlled.

An evening of drama and intrigue as Charles Dickens tries to balance family, fame, and fortune. Can a genius really have it all? And if he can, what will it cost him?


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