Shakespeare Salutes Dickens Part 3

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Dickens loved (and lived and breathed) the theatre. In this gently satirical piece, ‘Some of the Performers’ from Sketches by Boz, he takes us backstage just before the curtain rises on a performance of Macbeth

It’s read by my colleague, Dr Nick Walton.

Happy 200th Birthday, Charles Dickens! We at The Shakespeare Centre salute thee!

Sketches by Boz (mp3)

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Author:Paul Edmondson

Head of Research and Knowledge and Director of the Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival for The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Follow Paul on Twitter @paul_edmondson
  • PURE MAGIC

    It’s hard to say who takes the crown – Miss Tomlinson, Dr. Edmondon or Dr. Woolton – because they all have such wonderful and unique reading voices. I will be sad when 2012 ends but until then let the series continue, let it live and thrive! I feel nostalgic listening to these, like a child at a birthday party listening to a storyteller, sitting cross legged on the floor

    ‘snuff shot figure’ ‘rose pinking back-stage’ ‘thrings!’ it is poetry of it’s own and yet it speaks of Shakespeare. What could be more wonderful to Shakespeare nuts like us?? It’s a wonderfully exquisite device that he ‘closes’ his description ‘as the play begins’, like he expects the reader to understand the mystical intrigue that ensues and the mere notion of watching The Scottish Play is dramatic enough. It’s like the camera cutting when a bullet is fired and the gun shot resonates about the screen into the next scene or the last line of a book when the good guy makes it away with the gal and ‘happy ever after’ is implied, not written. Dickens, we salute you!

  • Anonymous

    This is a helpful recording-needs playing more than once I would say partly because ‘Sketches with Boz’ might not have been read already-the recording gives me a taste for that work by Dickens and I will be putting it on my ‘Wish List’.

  • Goodness me! It’s good to know that some things have improved since Dickens’ youth. Thanks for this lovely reading.

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