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Dickens Festival returns to Rochester

by Marco Cillario Fri 3 June 2016, 10:41 am

Rochester will celebrate iconic Victorian author Charles Dickensís connection with Medway in a festival from Friday 3 to Sunday 5 June.

The Dickens Festival returns to Rochester for the 38th year with a series of exhibitions, plays and costumed parades to honour England’s most famous writer.

Dickens spent almost 20 years in Medway, including most of his childhood, when he lived in Chatham while his father worked at the dockyards. The people he met in the area, the local architecture and character influenced many of his novels.

This year’s festival will carry the theme of Dickens’s “The Old Curiosity Shop”.

The shop described in the novel will be recreated at Tower 2, Castle Gardens: visitors will be able to explore it and interact with the strange objects it contains.

An interactive tour around Rochester High Street, called “Who the Dickens?”, will explore the writer’s character each day from 1 to 3pm.

At Crow Lane, The Play on Words theatre company will perform “A Bite of the Old Curiosity Shop”, a 15-minute play inspired by Dickens’s most autobiographical book. It will take place on Friday at 11am, 1, 2 and 3.30pm. On Saturday and Sunday, it will be performed at 11am and once every hour from 1 to 4pm.

The London-based Charles Dickens Museum will come to Rochester to organise a series of workshops at the Kings Head car park.

The complete programme of the Dickens Festival is available here.

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