Dickens Abridged at the Arts Theatre

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The Reduced Shakespeare Company founder Adam Long brings his high-speed journey through Dickens to the Arts Theatre this Christmas.

Following the madcap antics and huge success of The Reduced Shakespeare Company, one of its founders, Adam Long, brings his brand new show to the West End this Christmas starring Damian Humbley, Jon Robyns, Kit Orton, Gerard Carey and Matthew Hendrickson.

Dickens Abridged is a fast-paced comic journey through all of Charles Dickens’ greatest hits including Oliver Twist, Great Expectations (in under 60 seconds!), Bleak House, David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities (in which we are promised a fully functioning guillotine and singing severed head no less!), Nicholas Nickleby, Old CuriosityShop, and, of course, A Christmas Carol.

See Tiny Tim rock the theatre with an electric guitar solo in this madcap show that promises to bring all of Dickens’ major characters – from Ebeneezer Scrooge to Bill Sykes via Little Nell – to vivid life on stage.

The show also mixes in fascinating, bizarre stories about Charles Dickens and his life.


Damian Humbley (Charles Dickens): Credits include Charley Kringas in Merrily We Roll Along (Menier Chocolate Factory, Harold Pinter Theatre), Harry in Company (Sheffield Crucible), Lend Me A Tenor (Gielgud Theatre).

Jon Robyns (Fagin, Scrooge and others): Credits include Sir Galahad in Spamalot (Playhouse Theatre), Hollis Bessemer in Road Show (Menier Chocolate Factory), Marius in Les Misérables (Queen’s Theatre).

Kit Orton (Miss Havisham, David Copperfield and others): Credits include Sir Lancelot in Spamalot (Playhouse Theatre), The Hired Man (Leicester Curve), Arabian Nights, Spend Spend Spend and Martin Guerre (Watermill Theatre, Newbury).

Gerard Carey (Tiny Tim, Oliver Twist and others): Credits include Soho Cinders (Soho Theatre), Master Class (Vaudeville Theatre), Ex (Soho Theatre), Invisible Man (Menier Chocolate Factory).

Matthew Hendrickson (Mr. Micawber, The Ghost of Christmas Present and others): Credits include The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) and The Complete History of America (Abridged) (Criterion Theatre), Feathers in the Snow (Southwark Playhouse).

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Theatre: Arts Theatre

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Running Time: 1 hour 30 minutes; Age Restrictions: Suitable for ages 12+

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Arts Theatre
Address: 6-7 Great Newport Street, London, WC2H 7JB
Nearest Underground: Leicester Square (Northern line, Piccadilly line)
Nearest Buses: 24, 29, 176

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