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Dickens Abridged

Adam Long
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A fast-paced musical comedy in which a cast of five Dickens devotees bring hundreds of his best-loved characters to life in 90 minutes of madcap Dickensian mayhem. From Great Expectations complete with flaming bride, to A Christmas Carol in which Tiny Tim rocks the house with a soaring electric guitar solo, DICKENS (ABRIDGED) also features scenes from David Copperfield, Bleak House, A Tale of Two Cities, Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby.

Production Info

Cast: 5 total (5 female, 5 male, or any combination of males and females totaling 5)
Full Length Comedy (about 90 minutes)
Minimal Set Requirements
Period Costumes

Press Quotes

“Gloriously absurd.” —The Daily Mail (London)

“Highly original, fast moving and witty.” —The Daily Express (London)

“[An] irresistible comic romp. ” —The Hollywood Reporter

“Dickens meets Bill and Ted meets Tenacious D meets Monty Python.” —Londonist

About the Author


  • Adam Long

    Adam Long is the co-creator, co-writer and director of the Reduced Shakespeare Company's THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED), which ran in London's West End for nine years and was nominated for an Olivier Award. THE COMPLETE WORKS also ran Off-Broadway twice and continues to enjoy numerous successful tours throughout the world. His feature-length film THE BARN won The Raindance Award at the British Independent Film Awards. Adam has written for Disney (DUDE THAT'S MY GHOST, HISTORY ON TOAST and LAST MINUTE BOOK REPORTS), PBS (THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED)), Channel Four UK (TRIGGER HAPPY TV and THE RING REDUCED), BBC Radio Four (THE HISTORY BOYS CONDENSED, CONDENSED HISTORIES OF THE BRITISH POLITICAL PARTIES and HOME TRUTHS) and Lucasfilm & BSkyB (STAR WARS SHORTENED). Other stage shows include DICKENS ABRIDGED (The Arts Theatre, London and UK Tour), SATAN SINGS MOSTLY SONDHEIM (Jermyn St. Theatre, London), THE BIBLE: THE COMPLETE WORD OF GOD (ABRIDGED) (Reduced Shakespeare), THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF AMERICA (ABRIDGED) (Reduced Shakespeare), and DECONSTRUCTING ALBERT (The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield). Adam also provides the voice of Mr. Small for the BAFTA and Emmy Award winning THE AMAZING WORLD OF GUMBALL(Cartoon Network).

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 8/15/2011
Pages 78
ISBN 9780881454482

Special Notes

Special Notes

Licensees are required to include the original stage producers credits in the following form on the title page in all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play and in all advertising in which the full cast appears in size of type not less than ten percent (10%) of the size of the title of the Play:

First performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, then at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford, and then at The Comedy Theatre in London

The following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
Dickens Abridged is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC


Upcoming and Recent Productions


12/1/2023 – 12/10/2023
Haven Arts Theatre
Spring, TX