Date: Saturday 14th October 2017
Mr Wilkie Collins
In 1855, Wilkie Collins presented Charles Dickens with his first original drama, ‘The Lighthouse’, which was inspired by his sighting of the Eddystone Lighthouse, while on his travels in Cornwall.
Collins created a tense, psychological drama employing elements of crime and the supernatural, familiar to readers of Collins’s fiction.
The plays opening night was the18th June at Tavistock House, with Collins and Dickens taking the lead parts and their family and friends making up the rest of the cast, it was a very hot ticket of its time.
Our evening will commence with a lively performance lecture by Wilkie Collins expert Jak Stringer, who will transport you back to 1855, followed by a reading of ‘The Lighthouse’ by the Speakeasy Players.
This event will be the first reading of 'The Lighthouse' for 146 years and we aspire to recreate its opening night in the nursery of Charles Dickens’s home, where you can immerse yourself in a very Dickensian evening.
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