Gerald Dickens, the great great grandson of Charles Dickens, returns to Kyteler’s Inn (owned by Gerald’s sister Nicky Dickens-Flynn) during the Kilkenny Arts Festival to continue the performances of his illustrious ancestors works.
This time Gerald will perform Nicholas Nickleby. Inspired by the Royal Shakespeare Company’s extraordinary eight-hour, multi cast production, Gerald’s version packs the plot into just one hour in which he performs all the roles.
Travelling with Nicholas across the country, we meet some of Charles Dickens’ greatest characters: Wackford Squeers, Smike, Vincent Crummles, Newman Noggs, Sir Mulberry Hawk and many others and Nickleby shows Charles Dickens off at his theatrical best.
Nickleby was Dickens’ third novel. Pickwick Papers had been a comedy whilst Oliver Twist was much darker, addressing key social issues so in Nickleby he mixed the two styles – the serious side of the Yorkshire Schools which in the prospectus had “no vacations”. The humour comes from the Crummles Theatre Company scenes with several laugh out loud moments.
Gerald’s series of performances in Kyteler’s Inn have been to great acclaim with “Mr Dickens is Coming” and “A Christmas Carol”.
During this bicentennial year of the birth of Charles Dickens, Gerald also performed “Death of Nancy” at the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin where Charles Dickens had also performed the same show.