Andersen’s English

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A new play about an imagined meeting between the great writers Charles Dickens and Hans Christian Andersen. Read More >

Andersen’s English is a new play which imagines a meeting between Victorian English novelist Charles Dickens and Danish fairytale writer Hans Christian Andersen.

Set in the imagined home of Dickens, Andersen’s English opens with the Danish writer arriving unannounced. To the lonely and eccentric guest, the members of Dickens’s household seem to live a life of unreachable bliss. But with his broken English, Andersen fails to recognise the storms brewing within the family.

Andersen’s English is directed by Max Stafford-Clark, the former Artistic Director of the Royal Court, and has a cast that includes London stage regulars Niamh Cusack, David Rintoul and Danny Sapani.

For more about Andersen’s English at the Hampstead theatre, read the First Night Feature or the Big Interview with Niamh Cusack.


Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 07/04/2010

Opening Night: 08/04/2010

Closing Night: 08/05/2010

Running time: 2h40

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Cast & Creative


Niamh Cusack, Lisa Kerr, Rose Leslie, Alastair Mavor, Kathryn O'Reilly, David Rintoul, Danny Sapani


Director - Max Stafford-Clark

Producer - Hampstead theatre and Out of Joint

Designer - Lucy Obsorne

Lighting Designer - Tim Bray

Sound - Carolyn Downing

Author - Sebastian Barry

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