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Isle of Dogs theatre picks up two award nominations for Dickens play

PUBLISHED: 15:37 13 April 2012

Tim Blackwell as Ralph Nickleby and Peter Steele as Smike  in the Dickens play

Tim Blackwell as Ralph Nickleby and Peter Steele as Smike in the Dickens play

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A performing arts and community centre on the Isle of Dogs has been nominated for two awards for a play celebrating 200 years since the birth of Charles Dickens.

The Space based in a converted church on Westferry Road received the nominations for awards given to the capital’s independent theatre for its staging of one of Dickens most loved stories.

Their production of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby this month picked up two Off West End Theatre Award nominations.

Directed by Space centre director Adam Hemming and produced by centre manager Mari Rettedal-Westlake, the script was split into two parts, performing on alternative evenings over three weeks in March and April.

Mr Hemming was nominated as Best Director and the other nomination is for Best Ensemble.

Mr Hemming said: “I had a fantastic cast and was very proud of the final production. Recognition from Off West End is a great achievement for the Space and shows we’re headed in the right direction.”

Originally published from 1838 to 1839 as a series it was Dickens’ third novel.

It tells the story of a young man who must look after his mother and sister after his father dies and who is up against his uncle who does not believe he will amount to anything.

Nominations will narrowed down to a shortlist in December and the awards ceremony will be held next February.

Lord of the Rings actor Sir Ian McKellen, who lives in Limehouse, and co-owns the Grapes pub on Narrow Street is The Space’s patron.

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