"Ah, what an actor you would have made, Mr. Dickens, if it just hadn't been for them books." Despite Dickens's unprecedented success as a novelist, his love of the theatre never waned. Throughout his life, he seized every opportunity to be near the stage. As playwright, actor, stage manager, director, and librettist, it hardly mattered so long as, somehow, he had his hand in some aspect of theatrical performance and production.
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