The Lewes Public Library hosted a one-man show Dec. 10 of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” featuring his great-great-grandson, Gerald Charles Dickens.
The sold-out performance was presented by the Lewes Public Library Spoken Word Society and Shakespeare Festival with partial funding from a Delaware Division of the Arts grant.
Gerald Dickens has always been inspired by his famous relative’s work, and in 1993, he created his first one-man show, a theatrical performance of “A Christmas Carol.” He also performs other one-man shows including “Nicholas Nickleby,” “Mr. Dickens is Coming!” and “Sketches by Boz.” He performs in major theaters and arts centers worldwide, as well as at arts and library festivals in the United Kingdom, and in hotels, stately homes and on cruise ships since 2007. He has recently completed a movie, “A Christmas Carol: The Film,” which will debut this Christmas.
In his one-man show, he portrays some 30 characters, including Bob Cratchit, Belle, and even Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig.
He came to Lewes after a Dec. 8 show at Winterthur, and after two shows in Pennsylvania this past weekend, he returned to England Dec. 17-18 for performances at St. George’s Hall in Liverpool.
He lives in Abingdon, Oxfordshire in southern England with his wife, Liz Hayes, who sometimes accompanies him playing the piano.