It is 1867 and Belfast is booming. The novelist Charles Dickens is preparing for one of his celebrated readings in the recently-built Ulster Hall. In his one-man show, noted Ulster actor and director, Sam McCready, plays Dickens as he shares amusing observations on Belfast and its people, interwoven with extracts from his best-known novels and moving stories from a tumultuous life.
Dickens made three visits to Belfast; the first in 1858 when he performed in the Victoria Music Hall in May Street. He returned in 1867 and 1869 to read at the Ulster Hall before an audience of thousands. As a reader of his own work, he was a phenomenon, generating an overwhelming emotional response from his audiences, and setting the trend for the rise of the superstar that has continued to this day.
Dickens at the Ulster Hall returns to the Lyric after its sold-out run in May 2012, when it played to rave reviews.
“McCready rivets the attention, traversing virtually the full gamut of Dickensian emotions and preoccupations.” Irish Theatre Magazine
“In tribute to the bi-centenary of the birth of one of the greatest writers in the English language, Sam McCready has created another of his classic one-man shows, here enjoying its world premiere. There is a dual sense of joy in his insightful performance, directed with humour and brio by Joan McCready.” Culture Northern Ireland
Written and performed by Sam McCready
Directed by Joan McCready
Lyric Theatre, Naughton Studio,
19-23 March 2013, 8pm
Matinee, 23 March, 3pm
Tickets: £10.00/ £8 Concession
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