On 7 February the DVD of the critically aclaimed West End production of Great Expectations is released exactly one year after it was filmed and screened in cinemas across the the UK. It was then released globally over 600 sites. The adaption starred Jack Ellis (Jaggers), Chris Ellison (Magwitch), Paula Wilcox (Miss Havisham) and introduced Taylor Jay-Davies as Young Pip.
Dickens World at Chatham Maritime, Kent have introduced a new attraction - the Grand Tour. Instead of the former free flow, visitors now must book for a guided tour conducted by professional actors which will offer an educational yet funny and interactive experience.
Another change - Ticket prices are reduced to £5.50 (adults and children). Tickets must be booked in advance, at least 48 hours before arrival, either online www.dickensworld.co.uk or phone 0844 858 6656
Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability is holding its very first Heritage Open Day on Tuesday 19 February and unique items from the Hospital's archive will be on display. Charles Dickens was instrumental in setting up the charity, then called the Royal Hospital for Incurables, and the text of an 1857 speech by Dickens will be on display.
The Heritage Open Day takes place in the De Lancey Lowe Room at the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability, West Hill, Putney London SW15 3SW, from 11am-4pm.
Guided tours of the Victorian building will take place at 12.30pm and 3pm.
From 29th November to 6 January Simon Callow performs Christmas Carol at the Arts Theatre, Great Newport Street, London WC2 7HB. Simon's one-man show is based on Dickens's own performance adaption of his most popular Christmas story.