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Short Plays from Dickens

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Short Plays from Dickens by Horace Baker Browne is a delightful collection of theatrical adaptations of some of Charles Dickens' most beloved works. The plays are well-written and faithful to the original stories, capturing the wit, humor, and sentimentality that Dickens is famous for.

Each play is concise and easy to follow, making them perfect for performances in schools, community theaters, or any other setting. The characters are well-developed and the dialogue is engaging, bringing the beloved characters of Dickens' novels to life on stage.

Browne's adaptations stay true to the spirit of Dickens' works while condensing the stories into manageable plays that can be performed in a short amount of time. The collection includes plays based on A Christmas Carol, Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, and more, providing a variety of options for any theater group looking to bring Dickens' classic tales to life.

Overall, Short Plays from Dickens by Horace Baker Browne is a fantastic resource for anyone looking to stage adaptations of Dickens' works. The plays are charming, engaging, and sure to delight audiences of all ages.

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Here is a collection of 20 short plays drawn from various books by Charles Dickens such as Nicholas Nickleby, David Copperfield, Bleak House, and Our Mutual Friend. "For the use of Amateur and School Dramatic Societies" - Summary by ToddHW Cast list: Introduction: ToddHW Mrs Tibbs Boarding House - From Sketches by Boz Mrs Tibbs - A boarding-house keeper: Availle Mr Tibbs - Her husband: Tim Watkins Mrs Maplesone - Boarder at Mrs. Tibbs': TriciaG Miss Matilda Maplesone - Boarder at Mrs. Tibbs': Rachel Miss Julia Maplesone - Boarder at Mrs. Tibbs': Lian Pang Mr Calton - Boarder at Mrs. Tibbs': Tom U Mr Septimus Hicks - Boarder at Mrs. Tibbs': Tomas Peter Mr Simpson - Boarder at Mrs. Tibbs': Jason in Panama James - A boy-servant: Leanne Yau Robinson - A maid-servant: Lydia Stage Directions for Mrs Tibbs Boarding House: PaulHW Horatio Sparkins - From Sketches by Boz Mr Malderton - A City merchant: Jason in Panama Mrs Malderton - His wife: Leanne Yau Miss Teresa Malderton - Their daughter: Lydia Miss Marianne Malderton - Their daughter: Lian Pang Mr Thomas Malderton - Their son: TriciaG Mr Jacob Barton - A grocer - brother to Mrs Malderton: KHand Mr Flamwell - A friend of Mr Malderton: Larry Wilson A Linen Draper: David Olson Mr "Horatio Sparkins" - a young man: Tomas Peter Stage Directions for Horatio Sparkins: Availle Miss Squeers' Tea-Party - From Nicholas Nickleby Fanny Squeers - Daughter of Mr Wackford Squeers, the Proprietor of Do-the-boys Hall: Lydia Matilda Price - A miller's daughter, and Miss Squeers' bosom friend: Rachel John Browdie - A Yorkshire corn-factor: ToddHW Nicholas Nickleby - Mr Squeers; usher, lately come to Do-the-boys Hall: Tomas Peter Stage Directions for Miss Squeers' Tea-Party: TriciaG The Gentleman Next Door - From Nicholas Nickleby Mrs Nickleby - A widow: Michelle Kane Kate Nickleby - Her daughter: Rachel The Gentleman Next Door - A harmless lunatic: TriciaG Stage Directions for The Gentleman Next Door: Lydia Stormy Scenes in the Varden Household - From Barnaby Rudge Gabriel Varden - A locksmith: ToddHW Mrs Varden - His wife: Kalynda Dolly Varden - Their daughter: Rachel Miggs - Mrs Varden's "domestic": Bev J Stevens Edward Chester - A young gentleman: Tomas Peter Joe Willet - Dolly's sweetheart: TriciaG Stage Directions for Stormy Scenes: Lydia Hatching a Conspiracy - From Barnaby Rudge Miggs - The "domestic" of Mrs Varden: Bev J Stevens Simon Tappertit - Gabriel Varden's apprentice: Tomas Peter Stage Directions for Hatching a Conspiracy: Lydia The Stranger's Visit - From Barnaby Rudge Barnaby Rudge - An idiot youth: Tomas Peter Mrs Rudge - His mother, living as a widow: Leanne Yau The Stranger - Banaby's father, a murderer in hiding, but supposed to have been murdered himself: K. Adrian Stroet Stage Directions for The Stranger's Visit: Lydia The Great Protestant Association - From Barnaby Rudge Lord George Gordon - A religious fanatic : TriciaG Gashford - His Secretary: Leanne Yau Dennis - The hangman: K. Adrian Stroet Hugh - An hostler at the Maypole Inn, who has run away from his master: Tomas Peter Stage Directions for The Great Protestant Association: Lydia Mr. Pecksniff's Pleasant Family Party - From Martin Chuzzlewit Mr Pecksniff - An architect and land-surveyor: K. Adrian Stroet Charity Pecksniff - His daughter: Lydia Mercy Pecksniff - His daughter: Rachel Mr Spottletoe: ToddHW Mr Anthony Chuzzlewit - Relative of Mr Pecksniff, each of whom has designs on the property of old Mr Martin Chuzzlewit: TriciaG Mr George Chuzzlewit - Relative of Mr Pecksniff, each of whom has designs on the property of old Mr Martin Chuzzlewit: Tomas Peter Mrs Chuzzlewit - Relative of Mr Pecksniff, each of whom has designs on the property of old Mr Martin Chuzzlewit: Amy Deuchler Miss Chuzzlewit - Relative of Mr Pecksniff, each of whom has designs on the property of old Mr Martin Chuzzlewit: Leanne Yau Stage Directions for Mr Pecksniff's Pleasant Family Party: Zames Curran An Unexpected Meeting - From Martin Chuzzlewit Martin Chuzzlewit - A young gentleman who is "hard up": Tomas Peter Montague Tigg - An undesirable acquaintance of Martin Chuzzlewit: K. Adrian Stroet A Shopman: ToddHW Stage Directions for An Unexpected Meeting: Lydia A Division Between Friends - From Martin Chuzzlewit Sairey Gamp - Professional nurse: TriciaG Betsy Prig - Professional nurse: Availle Mr Sweedlepipe: ToddHW Stage Directions for A Division Between Friends: MaryAnn The Friendly Waiter - From David Copperfield David Copperfield - A small boy: Lydia William - A waiter: K. Adrian Stroet Stage Directions for The Friendly Waiter: Availle Betsy Trotwood at Home - From David Copperfield Miss Betsy Trotwood - An elderly lady: Christine Lehman "Mr Dick" - A harmless lunatic: Twinkle Janet - Maid-servant to Miss Betsy Trotwood: Rachel David Copperfield - A small boy, to whom Miss Betsy Trotwood is great-aunt: Lydia Mr Murdstone - David Copperfield's step-father: ToddHW Miss Murdstone - His sister: Christine Lehman Stage Directions for Betsy Trotwood at Home: TriciaG Mr. Micawber's Prospects - From David Copperfield Mr Wilkins Micawber - A gentleman who is "waiting for something to turn up": ToddHW Mrs Micawber - His wife: Arielle Lipshaw David Copperfield - Law-student: Leanne Yau Traddles - Law-student: Tomas Peter Stage Directions for Mr Micawber's Prospects: Lydia Mr. Guppy's Proposal - From Bleak House Esther Summerson - Ward of John Jarndyce: Rachel Mr Guppy - Clerk to the Firm of Kenge and Carboy, Solicitors: Tomas Peter Stage Directions for Mr Guppy's Proposal: Lydia Mrs. Snagsby's Guests - From Bleak House Mr Snagsby - A law-stationer: TriciaG Mrs Snagsby - His wife: Leanne Yau The Rev Mr Chadband - A "vessel in the Ministry": Tomas Peter Guster - Mrs Snagsby's maid-of-all-work: Lydia Stage Directions for Mrs Snagsby's Guests: ToddHW Mr. George's Shooting Gallery - From Bleak House Mr George - Proprietor of the Shooting Gallery: Averagemoe Phil Squod - His "familiar": ToddHW Grandfather Smallweed - A miser and money-lender: TriciaG Stage Directions for Mr George's Shooting Gallery: MaryAnn Silas Wegg's Stall - From Our Mutual Friend Silas Wegg - A stall-keeper and ballad-monger: ToddHW Mr Boffin - A retired dustman: TriciaG Stage Directions for Silas Wegg's Stall: Lydia Mr. Venus's Shop - From Our Mutual Friend Mr Venus - A "Preserver of Animals and Birds": Bill Mosley Silas Wegg - A stall-keeper and ballad-monger: ToddHW Boy: Lydia Stage Directions for Mr Venus's Shop: TriciaG At "Jenny Wren's" - From Our Mutual Friend "Jenny Wren" - A dolls' dress-maker: Lian Pang "Her Bad Child" - Jenny Wren's father: ToddHW Lizzie Hexam - Jenny Wren's friend, who is living with her: Rachel Charlie Hexam - Lizzie Hexam's brother - a pupil-teacher: TriciaG Bradley Headstone - Charlie Hexam's school-master, in love with Lizzie: Tomas Peter Stage Directions for At Jenny Wren's: Lydia All edited by: ToddHW

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