This is an admission ticket for a reading by Charles Dickens. The bill lists three scenes adapted from various novels and short stories - The Poor Traveller, Boots at the Holly Tree and Mrs Gamp – performed over two hours. Priced at five shillings for a stalls seat, this particular ticket would have only been affordable for the middle classes. Five shillings is the equivalent of approximately £30 today – which is not dissimilar from the price we would pay for a theatre ticket.
Dickens’s public readings were incredibly popular; he made more money from them than from his published works.
- Full title:
- Original ticket for a reading by Charles Dickens of The Poor Traveller, Boots at the Holly Tree and Mrs. Gamp at St. Martin's Hall, Long Acre. Reading occurred, Thursday evening June 17th. [from the author's presentation copy of The Life of Dickens, 1872-
- 17 June, year unknown, London
- St Martin's Hall, Long Acre, John Forster [compiler]
- Usage terms
- Public Domain
- Held by
- British Library
- Dex 316 - Vol III, part II
- Article by:
- Simon Callow
- The novel 1832–1880
Simon Callow CBE examines Dickens as an actor who gave lively and emotional performances of his own works to an enthralled public on both sides of the Atlantic.