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Previewed 23 May 2008, Opened 9 June 2008, Closed 29 June 2008 at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London
The new musical comedy Dickens Unplugged in London written and directed by Adam Long.
A highly talented cast will have you rolling in the aisles with laughter as they take you on a journey through Charles Dickens greatest works as you will never have seen them before. Dickens Unplugged is full of all your favourite Dickens characters and features all of Charles Dickens' greatest hits including Great Expectations, A Christmas Carol, David Copperfield, Oliver Twist and more, much more!
Ever wondered what it would be like if Tiny Tim could play the electric guitar? Or wanted to see the bigges Dickens tribute band come out of Santa Cruz? Or perhaps you just want to know a bit more about the great man himself? If you've wondered 'yes' to any of the questions then Dickens Unplugged could meet your Great(est) Expectations! Book now for the Best of Times! (No refunds if you have the Worst of Times).
The cast for Dickens Unplugged in London features Adam Long with Joseph Attenborough, Matthew Henrickson, Simon Jermond and Gabriel Vick. The production is written and directed by Adam Long with designs by Lez Brotherston, lighting by Jon Clark and sound by Gareth Owen. Adam Long is a founder member of the Reduced Shakespeare Company.
"Dickens Unplugged is the new show by the American writer and director Adam Long... If you like Dickens and are looking for a quick hit of theatrical fun that leaves you time to grab dinner and a gossip before heading home, this is perfect West End fare... It's a musical sketch show, which... retells the plots of everything from David Copperfield to A Christmas Carol, while also offering a whistlestop journey through Dickens's life. In all truth, it's student fare, but of a very upmarket kind... It may be silly, but it's not stupid." The Sunday Telegraph
"[Adam Long's] show rushes headlong through the life and works of its hero, leaving the audience with the impression that Dickens was little more than a laughable, self-centred jerk, pursuing his trite, sentimental stories to the detriment of his long-suffering family... While the cast enthusiastically rattle through comic ditties about David Copperfield or Great Expectations, it all feels a bit silly and pointless." The Sunday Times
"Dickens Unplugged is the terrible idea of American Adam Long, one of the Reduced Shakespeare Company, who triumphantly reduced the Bard's complete works to 90 minutes. This time Dickens, or rather, Dickens as seen on stage and screen, gets shrunk by a five-man band in Victorian costumes who call themselves the 'biggest Charles Dickens tribute band in Santa Cruz'. But it's not clever, and it sure as hell ain't funny. The band bring nothing but a grating yee-ha American twang, corny country-and-western music and two endlessly repeated would-be gags about 'Charlie D' working in a blacking factory. It will put you off Dickens and the theatre for life." The Mail on Sunday
Adam Long, the writer and director of Dickens Unplugged, on the show: "I wanted to apply American voices to Dickens - and add music. We got Sydney Carton from A Tale of Two Cities singing as he's waiting to have his head chopped off. The chord structure of the song is based on 'Knockin' on Heaven's Door' by Bob Dylan. It's very poignant. The audience doesn't know whether to laugh or cry - so in the end they laugh. This is also the life and story of Dickens. We follow him from a small boy working in the blacking factory, his marriage and children, to the end of his life when he was killing himself with those public readings he did... [Dickens Unplugged] comes out of a reverence for the material. It's really more about the mentality of a bunch of Californians grappling with his genius. The only lampoon we do is of Oliver! Lionel Bart's elbow-raising musical is so jolly, and yet the book is about poverty and women being bludgeoned to death. So we've done our own musical adaptation and we have Charles Dickens come on stage and complain about it."
Dickens Unplugged in London at the Harold Pinter Theatre previewed from 23 May 2008, opened on 9 June 2008 and closed on 29 June 2008.