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Andersen's English


  • Playwright

    Sebastian Barry 

  • Setting

    The Dickens' family home in rural Kent; the mid-19th century.

  • Synopsis

    Celebrated children's writer Hans Christian Andersen arrives, unannounced, for a stay at Gad's Hill Place in the Kent marshes - home to Charles Dickens and his large, charismatic family.

    To the lonely and eccentric guest, the members of Dicken's household seem to live a life of unreachable bliss. But with his broken English, Andersen doesn't at first see the tensions in the family: undeclared passions, a son sent to serve in India, and a growing strangeness at the heart of Dickens's marriage.

  • Play Type

    Plays General

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


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  • Cast Notes

    The original production also featured puppets.


  • Date of First Production

    11 February 2010

  • Producer

    Produced by Out of Joint In association with Hampstead Theatre

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    First performed at the Theatre Royal at Bury St. Edmunds as part of an extensive UK tour.

Original Cast  
Catherine Dickens Niamh Cusack
Aggie Lisa Kerr
Walter Dickens Alastair Mavor
Georgie Kathryn O'Reilly
Charles Dickens David Rintoul
Hans Christian Andersen Danny Sapani
Kate Lorna Stuart
Ellen Lorna Stuart
Production Team  
Director Max Stafford Clark
Lighting Designer Tim Bray
Sound Designer Carolyn Downing
Musical Director Julian Littman
Puppet Design and Construction Polly Beestone
Set & Costume Designer Lucy Osborne
Hair and Wigs Richard Mawbey



  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    Independent Talent Group

  • Address

    40 Whitfield Street
    London W1T 2RH

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)20 7636 6565

  • Website


The information for this entry was taken from various press cuttings and from the company website.