Dickens decided that professional actresses should take the female parts in The Frozen Deep.  Three of the roles were filled by an acting family, the Ternans: mother Frances, and two daughters, Maria and Ellen.  This playbill, exhibited through the courtesy of the Manchester Library and Information Service: Manchester Arts Library is a copy of one for the performance at the Free Trade Hall, Manchester on August 24th, 1857.  Dickens and Ellen performing together in The Frozen Deep marked the beginning of a relationship that would develop into a notorious liaison.  When they first met in 1857, Ternan was eighteen, and Dickens was forty-five.