Relative of Dickens to perform at festivities

SHOW Gerald Dickens
SHOW Gerald Dickens

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FOR the great-great-grandson of Charles Dickens, starring in this year’s Portsmouth Festivities will be an extra special honour.

Gerald Dickens will act out the Victorian writer’s novel Nicholas Nickleby by performing every character in it himself at Portsmouth Grammar School on Saturday, June 30.

Mr Dickens, 48, is one of the highlights of Portsmouth Festivities, a nine-day arts event which this year has the Dickens-inspired theme Great Expectations. The book centres on the life and adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, a young man who must support his mother and sister after his father dies. Mr Dickens, who first started doing one-man shows relating to his great-great-grandfather’s work in 1995, said: ‘The characters are really strong in the book so I think people will be able to follow the plot quite easily.’

Mr Dickens, who lives in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, added: ‘It’s going to be an honour coming back to Portsmouth.

‘Everyone living here has done an amazing job of marking Charles’ bicentenary. I feel privileged to be related to such a remarkable man.’

The show starts at 7.30pm. For tickets contact (023) 9282 4355.