In 1848 Dickens decided to produce an amateur performance to aid the endowment of a perpetual curatorship of Shakespeare’s house.  He assembled a group of amateur actors, including Mark Lemon, George Cruikshank, and John Forster.  Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor was selected, and Dickens produced, directed, and acted in the production.  This playbill is for the opening at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket on March 15th, 1848.  Rotund Mark Lemon was in the cast as Falstaff and Dickens as Shallow.  The farce Animal Magnetism was also performed with Dickens and Lemon in the cast.