Charles Dickens’ country home will provide the location for an immersive, site-specific theatre production about the last days of his life.
Dickens’ Dream will mark the 150th anniversary of the writer’s death and will be performed in the dining room at Gad’s Hill Place, where Dickens died. It will accommodate an audience of 25, and promises an “incredibly immersive theatrical experience” that takes theatregoers back to 1870.
It is written by Ryan Philpott, co-founder of the Dickens Theatre Company, and will feature real historical figures, as well as characters from his books.
“Site specific preforming is always such a buzz. Being at Gad’s Hill to tell Dickens’ story is off-the-scale, really. The authenticity, the smell, the creaking floorboards,” Philpott said.
Philpott also revealed that a party of Dickens fans were flying in to see the production from the US.
Philpott said the show was inspired by a painting of the writer, Dickens’ Dream, which shows him surrounded by his literary creations.
It was painted by Robert William Buss, who died before completing it.
Dickens’ Dream will be directed by Eric Richard, and stars Philpott, Rob Goll and Louise Faulkner.
It runs throughout May and June at Gad’s Hill Place, before touring.