2014 - OVER THE POND
2014 marked our first performances in the UK, beginning at the Athropologie Flagship store, London where the show's merchandise was featured and sold, and Everyone's Carol took over the store's display windows. Next on to perform at the Porterhouse Brewing Company, London, which stands on the ground of Warren’s Blacking Factory, where Dickens worked as a child. The following evening (Christmas Eve no less!) marked the first time an American cast had performed at the Charles Dickens Museum, the only surviving home of Charles Dickens. That night the museum opened its doors to over 10,000 visitors, creating a truly immersive experience with over 50 artists and musicians involved from across cultures. Our front of house lobby curation continued, and on the same night we took it to Hyde Park, London, where Dickens walked while composing the Carol, for a midnight reading in aid of Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital and the Everyone's Carol education unit. It was a magical experience, with food, community tables, and buskers invited to play in the park as we experienced the Dickens festival by candlelight.
The 4th year of the Dickens education unit, "Your Stories Matter" was once again held in New York and London, for PS111 at the Players Club Gramercy, New York and the Ealing children's shelter in London in partnership with Hestia. In total, we employed over 15 teaching artists and we once again connected the children from both continents, featuring their projects in each country and on all our social media.