The Cricket on the Hearth was published in 1846.  However, before publication Dickens joined forces with the playwright Albert Smith, and the famous acting pair Mr. and Mrs. Keeley, of the Lyceum Theatre, to produce a stage version from early proof sheets of the book.  The result was The Cricket on the Hearth, A Fairy Tale of Home, Dramatized by Albert Smith, and dated 1845.  The cast included Mr. Keeley as Caleb Plummer, and Mrs. Keeley as Dot.  The play was a huge success.  Smith’s original version at the Lyceum had over sixty performances.