Charles Dickens, but with a ‘twist’ or two...

Pepper's Ghost Theatre Company
Pepper's Ghost Theatre Company

PEPPER’S Ghost Theatre Company are back in play, literally, from Wednesday, when they present An Evening with Charles Dickens.

In celebration of his 200th birthday, you are invited to spend a night in the company of the author, and some of the wonderful and eccentric characters he brought to life in the pages of perfection he penned.

Pepper’s Ghost will explain how real life events influenced his writing and why Christmas is still so tightly associated with Dickens.

The work – by Mike Rawlinson, and produced and directed by Rosemary Hill, is being housed at Wolverton’s Madcap Theatre.

Pre-show, audience members will mingle with Dickensian characters in the venue bar, while nibbling on mince pies and sipping warming mulled wine.

It’s traditional, innit?

Then you will be transported to a modern day television studio where Dickens is interviewed about his life and work.

“It’s a clever interweaving of new and old and shows us how much Dickens still has a great resonance for the present day,” Rosemary says.

“It will be a very festive evening!”

Performances are nightly from today and through to Saturday, at 7.30pm.

A matinee will also run on Saturday, at 2pm.

Tickets are £10 and £8.

Get yours by calling up the box office on MK 320179.

>OLNEY’S traditional Dickens of A Christmas event is also staged this Sunday, in the Market Square of the pretty town.

Stall holders will be donning Dickensian clothes to ply their wares when the town goes all festive, and let us tell you that their stalls selling mulled wine and fruit punch are worth trying for taste.

It’s the only mulled wine we like...and we like it a lot!

Naturally the Cowper & Newton Museum, which overlooks the Market Square, will be joining in with festivities – they’ll have Punch & Judy in the courtyard, and you can warm up with hot chocolate and cream, spiced tea and mince pies between 10am and 4pm.

> AT The Bull, artist David Purvis will be selling his Christmas cards with views of Olney.

Pop in, peruse, purchase.

> WE have already guided you to the Victorian Christmas events happening at Milton Keynes Museum in Greenleys, under the MK Festival of Christmas umbrella.

There is another chance to soak up the retro affair this weekend – tomorrow evening, Saturday and Sunday.

> Or how about popping to the MKFoC event at Bletchley Park on Saturday or Sunday?

Students from MK College, located next door to the park, will be demonstrating their skills at everything from cooking to manicures .

A Christmas market will offer a wealth of gifts for those of you who aren’t quite up to speed with your seasonal shopping yet (we’ve finished ours...!) and pecking punters can get stuck into roasted chestnuts or jacket potatoes.

Open 10am to 4pm both days.