“Mr. Dickens is Coming!”

For one day only! – Monday, September 24th, two performances – Mr. Gerald Charles Dickens, great-great-grandson of Charles Dickens, will be performing Mr. Dickens is Coming!, “a light-hearted and varied look at the life and character of Charles Dickens, at The Inn at Christmas Place.  Gerald uses scenes from the great author’s works, diary extracts and observations from those who knew and worked with him. With its fresh and modern perspective, Mr Dickens is Coming has always proved a popular show.”

Gerald has worked as an actor, director and producer for many years.  In 1993 he created his first one-man show, a theatrical performance of A Christmas Carol inspired by Charles’ own energetic readings of the 1860s.  Our audiences (including me!) have been thrilled by his performances at the hotel in the past two years.  (He’ll be back November 11th & 12th to perform it for us again this year.)  He has an amazing way of bringing each character to life through facial expression, vocal inflexion, and physical mannerisms, all while wearing the same costume.

A fascination with the life and works of his subject led Gerald to write and direct further one-man shows including Mr. Dickens is Coming!, Nicholas Nickleby and Sketches by Boz. He regularly performs in major theatres and arts centers as well as at hotels and stately homes. He has appeared at several arts and literary festivals in the UK and has been entertaining cruise ship passengers worldwide since 2007.

Gerald enjoys introducing the works of Charles Dickens to children and young adults, and has taken workshops and performances into schools, colleges and universities both in the UK and the USA.  We have been thrilled to have him at our hotel!

We invited him for an extra visit this year as the world celebrates the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birth.  We have put together a special package for hotel guests that includes a 1- or 2-night stay, dinner at The Partridge & Pear Restaurant, and tickets to the show.  Click here to book your stay and show time (performances at 3 pm and 8 pm, with a brief time of greeting guests after each show).

We’re very excited to be bringing this second show to our guests, and know you will not be disappointed.  I was really blown away by his skill and style when I first saw him perform, and you will be, too!

~ Janet @ The Christmas Place

P.S.  Sorry about the slang, there, but I really can’t think of a better way to say it than “blown away!”  He was awesome!

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