Paul Lewis, whom we know as a precise and knowledgeable scholar of
Wilkie Collins, sends us word of a new production of "The Frozen Deep,"
written by Collins with Dickens taking a large hand suggesting ideas and
revising. Here is his post to us: (pjm)
A new production of Wilkie Collins's _The Frozen Deep_ is to be
performed at the Edinburgh Festival this year. The play has been
dramatised from Collins's story, published in 1874. Collins originally
wrote the story in 1856 as a play though much of the original drama,
performed in 1857, was revised by Dickens and of course starred him. It
was in the Manchester production of the play with professional actresses
but amateur men that Dickens fell in love with Ellen Ternan. In 1866
Collins rewrote the play for a fully professional performance at the
Olympic Theatre in London. Later he reworked it for his American reading
tour and then published it in 1874 as a story.
This new production has been dramatised by Pauline Flannery from the
1874 story rather than the original dramas. She will also direct the 55
minute play. It runs from Monday 8 to Sunday 21 August (except Monday
15) at Augustine's Sanctuary at 3.40pm every day. Tickets are £7. Book
through Augustine's on 08452 262721 or the Festival Fringe box office
0131 226 0000.
[Paul Lewis <[log in to unmask]>