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Love Actually meets Magnolia on stage in James Graham’s Sketching

Olivier Award-winning playwright James Graham forges a uniquely crowd-sourced play, incorporating scenes by emerging writers into his own sweeping narrative.

Dickens’ panoply of London and Londoners, his big characters and fantastic stories in Sketches by Boz are updated for the modern age, incorporating the broadest range of voices from across the community in a theatrical whirligig of wonder and imagination.

James Graham’s Sketching is booking from 26 September 2018 until – 27 October 2018 at Wilton’s Music Hall, London.


In the Victorian surroundings of Wilton’s Music Hall, Charles Dickens’ London is reimagined for the 21st Century…

Twenty-four hours in the life of London, where every street and square shelters heroes and villains, emotional turmoil, violent allegiances, adventures, the remarkable and the everyday.

The rebellious daughter of a keycutter is about to unlock some of the capital’s most forbidden doors, a physicist’s faith in facts is shaken by a stranger on the tube, and a surprise discovery in the Victorian sewers will unravel the life of a refugee forgotten by the city.


The cast features Nav Sidhu (How I Live Now, The Kumars), Penny Layden (RSC, National Theatre, Call the Midwife), Samuel James (Birds of a Feather, National Theatre’s Twelfth Night, Bryony Lavery’s Stockholm), Sean Michael Verey (Pramface, Radiant Vermin, Tonight with Donny Styxx) and Sophie Wu (Fresh Meat, Kick Ass, Black Mirror).


Directed by Thomas Hescott, Sketching is written by James Graham in collaborations with Aaron Douglas, Chloe Mi Lin Ewart, Alan Gordon, Adam Hughes, Ella Langley, Himanshu Ojha, Sumerah Srivastav and Naomi Westerman.

Theatre Information

Wilton's Music Hall
Address: 1 Graces Alley, London , E1 8JB

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