16:00, Wed 20th – Fri 22nd June 2012 at Corpus Playroom
Easter May Week
Charles Dickens adapted 'Sikes and Nancy' from the grislier material in Oliver Twist. It became the most notorious of his legendary Public Readings; a masterpiece of high Gothic melodrama. Audiences were shocked into silence. Women would scream and faint. 'I shall tear myself to pieces,' Dickens vowed before one performance. He surely did - it is now thought that the strain of 'The Murder' hastened Dickens's early death.
Don't be left out in the sunshine. Instead, make your way into the shadows of Fagin's den. It might be the most resolutely anti-May Week show that Cambridge has ever seen.
Praise for James Swanton's last one-man show, The Hunchback of Notre Dame:
'If we didn't have a limit of five stars then this would get six, for its bravery, atmosphere and wonderful acting' - TCS () | 'Swanton conveys every pitch of feeling in an engrossing and compelling manner' - Varsity () | 'Positively stunning in his grotesqueness' - The Tab (Nominated for Best Show)