Dickens is at the heart of the story

What the Dickens
What the Dickens

The bicentenary year of Charles Dickens’ birth will be celebrated with two separate shows at The Castle in Wellingborough.

What the Dickens? will be brought to the stage on Wednesday at 7.45pm.

The play explores the author’s misadventures, setting the action in 1835 when 23-year-old Charles is working for the Morning Chronicle.

While investigating the foggy slums of London, he accidentally stumbles on a story that could make his reputation.

Audiences are then invited in to share Charles’ world of pockmarked pickpockets, cobweb covered convicts, teeming slums, empty marshes, dark secrets and convoluted plots.

Since exploding onto the scene in 2000, the theatre company Gonzo Moose has become renowned for a brand of stage comedy which combines improvisation, music, physical theatre and clowning. Now they return to The Castle with a haunting tale of thwarted love, bitter revenge and all-singing, all-dancing cockneys.

Tickets for What The Dickens? are priced £12.50 or £10.50. They can be purchased by calling the box office on 01933 270007 or logging onto www.thecastle.org.uk

Also at The Castle, Wellingborough School will be presenting Great Expectations from Wednesday until November 9 at 7.30pm, telling Dickens’ story of Pip as he encounters characters such as Magwitch, Miss Havisham and Estella.

Tickets cost £8 or £6. For info see The Castle website.