• 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-
  • Published:   17 June, year unknown , London
  • Formats:  Ephemera
  • Creator:   St Martin's Hall, Long Acre , John*Forster [compiler]
  • Usage terms Public Domain
  • Held by  British Library
  • Shelfmark:   Dex 316 - Vol III, part II

Description

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.

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