Gainsborough: Charles Dickens will be cut down to size in new show from Reduced Shakespeare founder

Dickens Abridged comes to Trinity Arts Centre in Gainsborough this weekend
Dickens Abridged comes to Trinity Arts Centre in Gainsborough this weekend

Having cut the Bard down to size, Adam Long, founding member of The Reduced Shakespeare Company, has now turned his sights on to another giant name in the history of English literature - Charles Dickens.

And the fruits of his labour are coming to Gainsborough this weekend in the madcap comedy show, Dickens Abridged.

Dickens Abridged is a fast-paced musical comedy in which just four actors go on a high-speed journey through Dickens’ greatest hits in just 70 minutes.

This wonderful show is a high-speed comic journey through Dickens’ Greatest Hits, including Oliver Twist, Great Expectations (complete with flaming bride), David Copperfield, Bleak House in less than 60 seconds, A Tale of Two Cities featuring a fully functioning guillotine, Nicholas Nickleby, The Old Curiosity Shop, and, of course, A Christmas Carol.

It also delves into the bizarre-but-true story of Charles Dickens’ own life, including his complicated romantic entanglements and his inexplicable enthusiasm for performing the bludgeoning scene from Oliver Twist over and over and over again.

A singing, dancing love-letter to the life and works of the great man and unlike any Dickens-based show you’ve ever seen before.

This riotous dose of Dickensian madness is coming to Trinity Arts Centre on Sunday, November 29 at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £15 on 01427 676655 or