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'GREAT EXPECTATIONS' POLLOCKS TOY THEATRE
£19.95

Beckman Unicorn is delighted to release the first ever toy theatre version of the classic novel as part of the international celebrations of the Charles Dickens bicentenary.

With beautiful original illustrations by Robin Peoples, the pop-out book publication also contains a simple script adaptation allowing children and adults alike to create their own theatre productions. No glue or scissors required!

Also available in person at Benjamin Pollock's Toy Shop
44 The Market, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8RF

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'GREAT EXPECTATIONS' TOY THEATRE FOR iPAD
£2.99 (in app purchase)

One of Gwyneth Paltrow's 'can't-live-without iPad apps' we bring the much beloved Pollock's toy theatres of the Victorian era to the digital format. We have remained authentic to the original Pollocks toys, and used the newly commissioned illustrations from the 3D version shown opposite.

The interactive app allows you to create your own theatre production: choose characters, scenery and then record and edit your very own plays, complete with audio and impress your friends.

The graphics bring the magic of creating your own show to life providing hours of enjoyment for anyone who is a budding director or actor.

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STAGE SCRIPT by Jo Clifford

A beautifully simple adaptation of one of Dickens's best-loved novels, bringing it thrillingly to life for the stage.

When the orphan Pip meets the convict Magwitch in a graveyard and is forced to help him escape, his life takes a series of unexpected turns. Invited to the house of the mysterious Miss Havisham, he falls in love with her adopted daughter, the beautiful but cold-hearted Estella. Then the generosity of an unknown benefactor sends him to London to become a gentleman. But the truth behind his change of fortune, once revealed, is not what Pip expects...

Eminently actable and stageable, this version is also ideal for schools and amateur theatre companies.

This book contains introductions by Simon Callow, Lucinda Dickens Hawksley (great-great-great granddaughter of Charles Dickens) and Clifford herself.

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CHARLES DICKENS AND THE GREAT THEATRE OF THE WORLD by Simon Callow

Acclaimed actor and writer Simon Callow captures the essence of Charles Dickens in a sparkling biography that explores the central importance of the theatre to the life of the greatest storyteller in the English language.

From his early years as a child entertainer in Portsmouth to his reluctant retirement from ‘these garish lights’ just before his death, Dickens was obsessed with the stage. Not only was he a dazzling mimic who wrote, acted in and stage-managed plays, all with fanatical perfectionism; as a writer he was a compulsive performer, whose very imagination was theatrical, both in terms of plot devices and construction of character.

Callow brings his own unique insight to a life driven by performance and showmanship. He reveals an exuberant and irrepressible talent, whose ‘inimitable’ wit and personality crackle off the page.

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CHARLES DICKENS (BIOGRAPHY)

The definitive illustrated guide to the man and his works. It follows Dickens from early childhood, including his time spent as a child labourer, and looks at how he became the greatest celebrity of his age - and how he still remains recognized as one of England's greatest celebrities, even in the twenty-first century. The book also takes an intimate look at what he was like as a husband, a father, a friend and an employer; at his longing to be an actor, his travels across North America, Italy and his great love of France. Readers will meet his fascinating family and his astonishing circle of friends - and will discover when and how life and real-life personalities were imitated in Dickens' art.
This exploration is made all the more special by the inclusion of rare, removable facsimile items from Dickens's life, including his hand corrected proof manuscripts and his original design for his writing table.


'PURE THEATRE' The Times – 'A RESOUNDING SUCCESS' Sunday Telegraph

'EXTRAORDINARILY LAVISH' The Upcoming – 'EXCEPTIONAL AND BREATHTAKING' Theatre World Magazine

'CHILLINGLY EFFECTIVE' Sunday Express – 'A STRIKING PIECE OF THEATRE' Daily Telegraph

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