Show Business: Raising the Dickens in London

Nicholas Nickleby celebrates the best of British theater

Taxes were up. The rent was coming due. Everyone needed a job and was worried about going bust. In this Dickensian situation, the Royal Shakespeare Company, by a kind of inevitable inspiration, turned to Dickens.

They worked hard and precipitately. Nicholas Nickleby opened to guarded enthusiasm that turned, over the course of an initial ten-week run, into a national obsession. Nicholas Nickleby helped to right those vexing money matters, became a rallying point for yet another of those renaissances in British theater that occur...

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