Charles Dickens Biography

Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens

Charles John Huffam Dickens (7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870) was the most popular English novelist of the Victorian era and he remains popular, responsible for some of English literature's most iconic characters.

Many of his novels, with their recurrent concern for social reform, first appeared in magazines in serialised form, a popular format at the time. Unlike other authors who completed entire novels before serialisation, Dickens often created the episodes as they were being serialized. The practice lent his stories a particular rhythm, punctuated by cliffhangers to keep the public looking forward to the next instalment. The continuing popularity of his novels and short stories is such that they have never gone out of print.

His work has been praised for its mastery of prose and unique personalities by writers such as George Gissing and G. K. Chesterton, though others, such as Henry James and Virginia Woolf, criticised him for sentimentality and implausibility.

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Recent Performances of works by Charles Dickens
Production/Credit WhereOpening Night
The Mystery of Edwin Drood ...... (Based on the Book) Bergen County Players 9/8/2018
A Christmas Carol ...... (Based on the story) East Brunswick Community Players 12/11/2015
A Christmas Carol ...... (Based on the story) East Brunswick Community Players 12/13/2013
Oliver! ...... (Based on a Novel) Paper Mill Playhouse 11/21/2013
A Christmas Carol ...... (Based on the story) East Brunswick Community Players 12/7/2012
Oliver! ...... (Based on a Novel) Somerset Valley Players 9/7/2012
A Christmas Carol ...... (Based on the story) East Brunswick Community Players 12/9/2011
Oliver! ...... (Based on a Novel) Brundage Park Playhouse 2/4/2011
A Christmas Carol ...... (Based on the story) East Brunswick Community Players 12/10/2010
A Christmas Carol ...... (Based on the story) Chatham Players 12/3/2010
Oliver! ...... (Based on a Novel) Chatham Players 5/7/2010
A Christmas Carol ...... (Based on the story) Tri-State Actors Theater 12/10/2009
A Christmas Carol ...... (Based on the story) Somerset Valley Players 12/1/2007
A Christmas Carol ...... (Based on the story) Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey 11/27/2007
Oliver! ...... (Based on a Novel) St. Catherine's Performing Arts Guild 7/27/2007
A Christmas Carol ...... (Based on the story) East Brunswick Community Players 12/8/2006
Oliver! ...... (Based on a Novel) Spotlight Players 7/15/2006
A Christmas Carol ...... (Based on the story) Chatham Players 12/9/2005
A Christmas Carol ...... (Based on the story) Tri-State Actors Theater 12/7/2005
A Christmas Carol ...... (Based on the story) Country Gate Players 12/3/2005
Oliver! ...... (Based on a Novel) Mystic Vision Players 7/22/2005
Oliver! ...... (Based on a Novel) Enchanted Players 4/8/2005
A Christmas Carol ...... (Based on the story) Tri-State Actors Theater 12/16/2004
A Christmas Carol ...... (Based on the story) Union County Arts Center 12/5/2004
Oliver! ...... (Based on a Novel) The Playful Theater Company 11/19/2004
Oliver! ...... (Based on a Novel) The Playful Theater Company 11/19/2004
Oliver! ...... (Based on a Novel) Livingston Community Players 11/13/2004
A Christmas Carol ...... (Based on the story) East Brunswick Community Players 12/12/2003
A Christmas Carol ...... (Based on the story) Iron Mountain Stage Company 12/5/2003
A Christmas Carol ...... (Based on the story) Battery Factory Theater 12/5/2003
A Christmas Carol ...... (Based on the story) Chatham Players 12/4/2003
The Mystery of Edwin Drood ...... (Based on the Book) Corpus Christi Community Theatre 10/24/2003
Oliver! ...... (Based on a Novel) Allegro Productions 10/3/2003
The Mystery of Edwin Drood ...... (Based on the Book) Main Street Theatre Company 8/1/2003
Oliver! ...... (Based on a Novel) Roche Players 5/2/2003
Oliver! ...... (Based on a Novel) Triple Threat Foundation for the Arts 12/14/2002
A Christmas Carol ...... (Based on the story) Studio Players 12/7/2002
Oliver! ...... (Based on a Novel) Rhino Theatre Company 10/4/2002
A Christmas Carol ...... (Based on the story) Villagers Theatre 12/15/2001
A Christmas Carol ...... (Based on the story) The Conservatory Players 12/14/2001
Oliver! ...... (Based on a Novel) Marlboro Players 12/7/2001
A Christmas Carol ...... (Based on the story) Surflight Theatre 12/7/2001
A Christmas Carol ...... (Based on the story) Chatham Players 12/6/2001
Oliver! ...... (Based on a Novel) Middlesex County Plays in the Park 7/25/2001
Nicholas Nickleby ...... (Based on the Book) Oldwick Community Players 5/4/2001
The Mystery of Edwin Drood ...... (Based on the Book) Mercer County Community College 1/12/2001
A Christmas Carol ...... (Based on the story) Glassboro Center for the Arts 12/17/2000
A Christmas Carol ...... (Based on the story) East Brunswick Community Players 12/15/2000
A Christmas Carol ...... (Based on the story) Theatre Five 12/15/2000
A Christmas Carol ...... (Based on the story) The Conservatory Players 12/9/2000
A Christmas Carol ...... (Based on the story) Iron Mountain Stage Company 12/8/2000
A Christmas Carol ...... (Based on the story) McCarter Theatre 12/5/2000
Oliver! ...... (Based on a Novel) GB Productions 9/14/2000
Oliver! ...... (Based on a Novel) Bergen County Players 9/9/2000
A Christmas Carol ...... (Based on the story) East Brunswick Community Players 12/10/1999
A Christmas Carol ...... (Based on the story) Chatham Players 12/3/1999
A Christmas Carol ...... (Based on the story) Players Guild of Leonia 11/26/1999
The Mystery of Edwin Drood ...... (Based on the Book) Major Theater Series (MSU) 4/15/1999
A Christmas Carol ...... (Based on the story) East Brunswick Community Players 12/11/1998
A Christmas Carol ...... (Based on the story) East Brunswick Community Players 12/12/1997
A Christmas Carol ...... (Based on the story) McCarter Theatre 12/7/1997
A Christmas Carol ...... (Based on the story) Chatham Players 12/1/1997
A Christmas Carol ...... (Based on the story) East Brunswick Community Players 12/14/1996
A Christmas Carol ...... (Based on the story) Chatham Players 12/1/1995
A Christmas Carol ...... (Based on the story) Main Street Theatre Company 12/9/1994
A Christmas Carol ...... (Based on the story) Chatham Players 12/1/1994
A Christmas Carol ...... (Based on the story) Chatham Players 12/1/1993
A Christmas Carol ...... (Based on the story) Chatham Players 12/1/1992
A Christmas Carol ...... (Based on the story) Chatham Players 12/1/1991
A Christmas Carol ...... (Based on the story) Chatham Players 12/1/1990
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