David Copperfield to open at Riverside Studios this February

An inventive, funny and heart-warming production of Charles Dicken’s semi-autobiographical novel, David Copperfield will play at the Riverside Studios from 7 – 26 February, with a press night on 9 February. Tickets are now on sale here.

’I have in my heart of hearts a favourite child. And his name is David Copperfield.’’

Charles Dickens

Transforming the Riverside stage into a Victorian Music Hall, this new adaptation by Simon Reade (Journey’s End – Lionsgate Films, Pride & Prejudice – Regent’s Park) sees three supremely talented (and energetic!) actors playing over thirty parts from Betsey Trotwood to the Micawbers to Uriah Heep, complete with jolly songs and a dazzling musician.

Directed by Emily Raymond and with Tom Knowles as Musical Director, David Copperfield will star Christopher Buckley (David Copperfield – Frinton Summer Theatre, Stig of the Dump – Chiswick Playhouse), as ‘David Copperfield’, with Katy Owen (Wuthering HeightsRebeccaWise Children – all for Kneehigh and WiseChildren) and James Peake (The Rise and Fall of Little Voice – Union Theatre, She Stoops to Conquer – Theatre Royal Bath, Best Dame Award at the Great British Pantomime Awards 2020) playing a total of more than thirty roles between them.

Producer Clive Brill said,

Charles Dickens had a love affair with the theatre. An occasional dramatist and amateur actor, his novels were influenced by, and in turn influenced, the Victorian theatre of his day. As a child, he delighted in staging entertainments in his model theatre, complete with extravagant sound effects. As an adult, he adored the shows in regional playhouses as much as the grand performances in London.

After an incredibly well received first staging last summer at Frinton Summer Theatre, we’re so excited to be bringing it to Riverside Studios for its London debut. Whether you’re a Dickens novice or afficionado, we think this show is for you – book today, for procrastination is the thief of time! 

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