Preview: Toy Theatre Great Expectations @ Artworkers Guild

We’ve written about Dickens in many forms here at Londonist. There have been exhibitions, talks, books, apps, quizzes, even pub crawls dedicated to the great man.

But we don’t often have the chance to celebrate Charles with toys. Happily, this weekend, you can see a rare toy theatre production of Great Expectations at the lovely Artworkers Guild in Bloomsbury. Produced by Peter Baldwin and Mary Pegler, the show is performed on the Beckman Unicorn Toy Theatre. (Dickens is said to have been a fan of the genre.) There are two shows; tickets cost £10 for adults and £5 for children, which includes refreshments and, intriguingly, a pair of opera glasses.

If you’re impressed with what you see, you can then buy your own version of the Beckman Unicorn Great Expectations Toy Theatre from Benjamin Pollock’s Toyshop. When Baldwin was 12, he was given a Pollock’s Toy Theatre; and his love of the craft has continued ever since. In fact, he now owns the shop that takes its name from the legendary Mr Pollock.

Great Expectations is performed at the The Artworkers Guild, 6 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3AT on Sunday 14 October at 4pm and 6pm. Find out more at pollocks-coventgarden.co.uk

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