Written and directed by Adam Long, co-founder of the Reduced Shakespeare Company whose The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) began its West End life at the Arts before going on to a nine-year run at the Criterion, the production is described in press materials as 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."
Long's other work with the Reduced Shakespeare Company includes The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) and The Complete History of America (abridged).
Dickens Abridged is co-created by Alex Jackson-Long, whose many credits as a television producer include "The Kumars at No. 42," "Armstrong & Miller," "Trigger Happy TV," "Fonejacker" and "The Lenny Henry Show." He was casting director for The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) at the Criterion Theatre, and associate producer of Alan Cumming's one-man show I Bought a Blue Car Today at the Vaudeville Theatre.
Dickens Abridged is produced by Simon Cummin for SJC Productions.