Dickens at the Ulster Hall


Sam McCready as Charles Dickens


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Dickens portrait: William Powell Frith, 1859

It is 1867 and Belfast is booming. The novelist Charles Dickens is preparing for one of his celebrated readings in the recently-built Ulster Hall. In his one-man show, noted Ulster actor and director, Sam McCready, plays Dickens as he shares amusing observations on Belfast and its people, interwoven with extracts from his bestknown novels, and moving stories from a tumultuous life. A World Premiere. Not to be missed.

Dickens made three visits to Belfast; the first in 1858 when he performed in the Victoria Music Hall in May Street. He returned in 1867 and 1869 to read at the Ulster Hall before an audience of thousands. As a reader of his own work, he was a phenomenon, generating an overwhelming emotional response from his audiences, and setting the trend for the rise of the superstar that has continued to this day.

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