Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall is a concert hall in Hope Street, in Liverpool, England. It is the home of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society and is designated by English Heritage as a Grade II* listed building. It is not the original concert hall on the present site; its predecessor was destroyed by fire in 1933 and the present hall was opened in 1939.

 

Charles Dickens and the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.

The Victorian author Charles Dickens is known to have appeared at the Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool during the years 1852 and again in 1858.

Exterior of the original Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, from 1849.

Exterior of the original Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, from 1849.

1852.

Dickens appeared at the Philharmonic Hall on the 13th and 14th February and performed, ‘Not So Bad As We Seem’ by Bulwer Lytton and his own ‘Mr Nightingale’s Diary’ which he wrote in 1851 with his friend Mark Lemon.

This was a very successful trip for Dickens, he wrote to Bulwer Lytton the following day.

“I left Liverpool at 4 o’clock in the morning, and I am so blinded by excitement, gas and waving hats and hankerchiefs, that I can hardly see to write, but I cannot tell you what a triumph we had.”

Dickens returned to the Philharmonic Hall later that year on September 3rd, performing. ‘Used Up’, ‘Charles XII’ and ‘Mr Nightingale’s Diary’ to an audience of 1,668.

1858.

Dickens returned to the Philharmonic Hall to give the first of his readings, each of the readings would last two hours, and he appeared over four days on the 18th, 19th 20th and 21st of August, on his first night the Phil was a sell out and Dickens performed to 2,300 people, during his lectures he read, ‘Dombey and Son’, ‘Boots At Holly Tree Inn’, ‘Mrs Gamp’ and the last lecture was, ‘A Christmas Carol’.

Dickens also took the opportunity to sell his books at the lectures and soon sold out, in a letter to his friend John Forster he wrote,

“They turned away hundreds, sold all the books, rolled on the ground of my room knee-deep in cheques and made a perfect pantomime of the whole thing.”

Dickens returned to the Philharmonic Hall on the 15th October and gave another two readings.

 

Further Reading (external sources).

 


 

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