“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”

Roger Gartland re-creates Dickens’s public readings of ‘Nicholas Nickleby’, ‘A Tale of Two Cities’, ‘Mr Chops, the Dwarf’, and ‘Oliver Twist’. The first performance was given at the Beaumaris Festival, Isle of Anglesey, in May 2014.


“Every idiot who goes about with ‘Merry Christmas’ on his lips, should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart.”

An industrialist in Boston Massachusetts heard Dickens read ‘A Christmas Carol’ on Christmas Eve 1867 and was so moved he changed his firm’s practice of working on Christmas Day and began the custom of giving a turkey to every employee. Dickens’s grandson wrote, “The story that gave my grandfather the greatest pleasure in writing was undoubtedly, ‘A Christmas Carol’”, and Dickens himself said he “wept and laughed and wept again” thinking of its composition.