Charles Dickens (1812–1870) made his name as a writer with the success of Sketches by Boz and The Pickwick Papers, both published in instalments from 1836–37.
This is the playbill for a stage adaptation at the St James’s Theatre in March 1837, before The Pickwick Papers had even finished being serialised.
The playbill has been annotated in an unknown hand as ‘Only this copy known, very rare’.
- Full title:
- Two original playbills for St James's Theatre. First advertising 'Is she his wife?', 'Mr Pickwick' and 'The Strange Gentleman'. [Circa 6th March 1837]. Printed by E. & J. Thomas, Strand. Second advertising J. P. Harley as stage manager with a benefit perf
- 13 March 1837, Strand, London
- Advertisement / Ephemera / Playbill / Illustration / Image
- St James's Theatre, John Forster [compiler]
- Usage terms
- Public Domain
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- British Library
- Dex 316 - Vol I, part II
- Article by:
- Claire Wood
- The Gothic, The novel 1832–1880
Dr Claire Wood examines how Dickens blends multiple genres in Oliver Twist, including melodrama, the Gothic, satire and social commentary.