Literary greats: Dickens, Shakespeare, Camus & McMilllan take to The Civic stage

The Civic’s theatrical offerings this season start with literature greats Charles Dickens and William Shakespeare cleverly condensed into two fast-paced ‘pocket-size’ performances, followed by a mid-week theatre treat from award-winning national touring theatre company Pilot Theatre.

And a libretto from the acclaimed poet, Civic Champion and Barnsley Bard Ian McMillan, also takes to the stage.

From Adam Long, founding member of The Reduced Shakespeare Company and co-creator of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) comes Dickens Abridged – a fast-paced musical comedy; “With more wit than Martin Chuzzle, Adam Long has worked his minimising magic on another great writer.” Official London Theatre. A talented cast of four bring hundreds of the great author’s best-loved characters to life in 70 minutes of Dickens’ Greatest Hits. Including Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, David Copperfield, Bleak House, A Tale of Two Cities, Nicholas Nickleby, The Old Curiosity Shop, and A Christmas Carol. It also delves into the bizarre-but-true story of Charles Dickens’ own life, including his complicated romantic entanglements. 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.



The sun was beating down on the beach. Five shots rang out and a man fell to the ground.  A nameless Arab, dead.


Dickens Abridged is at The Civic on Friday 25 September at 7.30pm. Tickets are £14 full price and £12 concessions. Recommended for ages 12+

Pocket Merchant is at The Civic on Friday 2 October at 7.30pm. Tickets are £13 full price and £11 concessions. Recommended for ages 11+

Outsiders is at The Civic on Wednesday 7 October at 7.30pm. Tickets are £12 full price and £10 concessions. Recommended for ages 14+

Nosferatu is at The Civic on Saturday 10 October at 7.30pm. Tickets are £12 full price and £10 concessions. Recommended for ages 12+

For more information and to book visit www.barnsleycivic.co.uk or call the Box Office on 01226 327000.

*Please note, when booking tickets online, paying via credit/debit card over the phone or in person, an additional £1.50 transaction fee will be applied.

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