February 7th, 2012 marked the 200th birthday of the illustrious Charles Dickens! Celebrations and exhibits are occurring throughout the world. Learn more about Mr. Dickens, his works, and their significance by enjoying many of the recent articles and new books, as well as old favorites in television and film. Here is one article not to be missed:
Dickens' 200th Anniversary Celebration at the Great Dickens Christmas Fair
Our plans for this special celebratory year include the creation of two decidedly Dickensian stages: the Crummles Pennygaff Theatre, and the "Christmas Carol" environmental stage. The irrepressible Mr. Crummles and his ever-so theatrical family will host a range of new shows, while timeless and iconic scenes from Dickens' classic "A Christmas Carol" will be presented on a special environmental stage as well as throughout the Fair.
The Dickens Christmas Fair already boasts the largest cast of Dickensian characters brought to life in one place anywhere in the world. Our cast of more than 700 performers will present new shows and exhibits such as Richardson's Hall of Wonders, a real Victorian sideshow filled with whimsical wonders and curious conundrums. These are but a few examples of the many ways in which we will be honoring the birth of one of the world's greatest storytellers. Around every corner of the winding lanes of Dickensian London is the opportunity to applaud, marvel, carouse, dance, and mingle in a festive mood! Join us for this celebration!
We are pleased to be listed on the official “Dickens 2012” website:
Here you will find links to excellent articles in Smithsonian magazine, new books released in honor of the bicentennial, events and exhibits the world over, and much more!
Many thanks to our Dickens Bicentennial contributors: Rickie Bolin, Therese Porter, Cathleen Myers, Heidi Barthelemy, and Cat Taylor.