A Christmas Carol: 1883
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A Christmas Carol: 1883

John Dicks

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Playscript for a stage adaptation of Charles Dickens's novella a 'Christmas Carol' dramatised by C.Z Barnett. Number 722 of the Dicks' Standard play series.
Such scripts were sold cheaply for one penny and were used for amateur and professional performances of the play. Stage adaptations of Charles Dickens works appeared very quickly after the first few chapters of the part works were published. Theatres employed resident dramatists to adapt the part works for the stage and even predicted how the novel may end before publication, often with surprising results. This adaptation of A Christmas Carol by C.Z. Barnett was first performed at the Royal Surrey Theatre, on 5th February 1844 the same day as two further versions opened in London at the Adelphi and Sadler's Wells just seven weeks after the novella was first published by Dickens.




1883 AD - 1883 AD

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