Wilkie Collins and Charles Dickens, 'The Lighthouse': A dramatic situation never before exploited
- Arts and Law, Lectures Talks and Workshops
In 1855 Wilkie Collins presented his first original drama to Charles Dickens. Set in the Eddystone Lighthouse in 1748, Collins created a tense, psychological drama with elements of crime and the supernatural. Initially staged at Dickens’s house, the role of the guilt-ridden old lighthouse keeper proved a vehicle for Dickens’s extraordinary acting ability, accompanied by members of his family and friends from within his literary and artistic circles.
This event brings to life the first published edition of The Lighthouse - with newly discovered music, illustrations, and scenes from the play including Dickens’s prologue and his “Song of the Wreck”, acted and sung by students from the University of Birmingham’s Department of Drama and Theatre Arts and the Department of Music and presented by Dr Caroline Radcliffe.