"The Cricket On The Hearth" by Charles Dickens & Gilmor Brown

The author, Gilmor Brown, wrote a forward that was printed in several of the early programs for this play. "In this simple adaptation of Charles Dickens' "The Cricket on the Hearth," I have tried to keep the delightful flavor of his novel by using many of the characteristic touches that cannot be included in the usual dramatization of his work. It seems to me that without the happy charm of his description we lose much of his warm humanity and typical humor. I have taken no liberties with his narrative and have tried to give you the easy flow of his story-telling rather than sacrifice anything to stage conventions or the modern idea of rapid dramatic development."

Synopsis

Scene 1: Chirp the First - The Carrier's Kitchen
Scene 2: Chirp the Second - Caleb's Home
Scene 3: Chirp the Third - The Carrier's Kitchen

Characters

  • The Reader
  • John Peerybingle (a Carrier)
  • Mr. Tackleton (a Toymaker)
  • Caleb Plummer (His Man)
  • An Old Gentleman
  • Dot (John's wife)
  • Mrs. Fielding
  • Bertha (Caleb's daughter)
  • May Fielding
  • Tilly Slowboy
  • Dot's Father
  • Dot's Mother
  • A Porter
  • Spirit of the Cricket

Production History

Date Venue Company
Apr 19, 1933 White Theatre Pasadena Playhouse
Apr 7, 1933 Wilshire-Ebell Theatre Pasadena Playhouse
Mar 24, 1933 Lobero Theatre Pasadena Playhouse
Mar 18, 1933 Savoy Theatre Pasadena Playhouse
Jan 24, 1933 Pasadena Playhouse Pasadena Playhouse
Dec 20, 1932 Pasadena Playhouse Pasadena Playhouse
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