Monday, May 9, 2016

What the Dickens?

Charles Dickens' stories are full of delighfully descriptive names: Ham Peggotty, Paul Sweedlepipe, Jeremiah Flintwinch, and Blathers are just a few I found a website called Name Nerds.  The story of Nicholas Nickleby is no exception, with appearances by Wackford Squeers, Charles Cheeryble, Newman Noggs, and Sir Mulberry Hawk.

The 2002 film version of Nicholas Nickleby is our May Literary Flick, and will be shown on Tuesday, May 10 at 6:30 p.m.

After the death of their father leaves them penniless, Nicholas and his sister Kate travel with their mother to London to seek help from their cold-hearted Uncle Ralph. Ralph's only intentions are to separate the family and exploit them. Nicholas is sent to a boarding school run by the cruel, abusive and horridly entertaining Wackford Squeers  and his wife.

Eventually, Nicholas runs away with schoolmate Smike, and the two set off to reunite the Nickleby family.  Once home, he meets a young woman, Madeline Bray, and has to protect her and his sister from the insidious scheming of his Uncle Ralph.

Join us at 6:30 for a star-studded cast* of Dickens' finest!  As always, we'll be serving free popcorn, too!

*Partial listing of cast
  • Charlie Hunnam as Nicholas Nickleby
  • Nathan Lane as Vincent Crummles
  • Jim Broadbent as Wackford Squeers
  • Christopher Plummer as Ralph Nickleby
  • Jamie Bell as Smike
  • Anne Hathaway as Madeline Bray
  • Timothy Spall as Charles Cheeryble
  • Tom Courtenay as Newman Noggs
  • Juliet Stevenson as Mrs Squeers
  • Romola Garai as Kate Nickleby
  • Stella Gonet as Mrs Nickleby

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