There’s a spe­cial an­niver­sary be­ing marked for an even more spe­cial fes­tive tale

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Step back in time this Christ­mas. You can cel­e­brate 175 years of Dick­ens’ A Christ­mas Carol in one of the build­ings writ­ten about by the man him­self.

East­gate House in Rochester High Street, which fea­tured as West­gate in the Pick­wick Pa­pers and the Nun’s House in the Mystery of Ed­win Drood, is stag­ing per­for­mances of the tra­di­tional fes­tive tale in the Grade I listed town house on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 9, and again on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 15 and Sun­day, De­cem­ber 16. The drama will un­fold around vis­i­tors in the 16th cen­tury grand reception room, as well as in var­i­ous al­coves and hid­den door­ways. Per­for­mances will be held at 1pm, 2.30pm, 4pm, 5.30pm and 7pm. Cllr Howard Doe from Medway Coun­cil said: “East­gate House was an in­spi­ra­tion to Charles Dick­ens so I’m pleased that we’re cel­e­brat­ing 175 years of A Christ­mas Carol.” Tick­ets cost £12 and need to be booked in ad­vance. Pop in or call 01634 332700. The house is also open on se­lected dates this Christ­mas.

His­toric East­gate House will be the scene of Dick­ens’ tale A Christ­mas Carol

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