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Charles Dickens' Great-great-grandson to Perform A Christmas Carol in Portland at Historic Church

November 16, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Katie Clark 207-774-1822 x223

PORTLAND, Maine — On Monday, November 27 at 7:00pm, Maine Historical Society will present A Christmas Carol at the historic First Parish Church in Portland performed by Gerald Charles Dickens, the great-great grandson of literary icon, Charles Dickens.

Gerald Dickens, an actor and producer from Oxford, England, bears more than a passing resemblance to his famous ancestor, Charles. According to Gerald, his great-great grandfather adored theater and initially wanted to be an actor but pursued writing as a career for practical purposes.

This performance is offered in the spirit of Charles Dickens’ tour of the U.S. in 1867 where he read his literary works before spellbound audiences. Historians report that A Christmas Carol was Charles Dickens’ favorite piece to perform.

During his energetic one-man show, Gerald Dickens conjures A Christmas Carol with just a table, wing chair and hat rack accompanying him on stage. As he leaps, sobs, and laughs, 26 characters of the classic tale are brought vividly to life. Gerald has created different postures and voices for each character, achieving this so adeptly that the audience has no doubt about “who is who,” so to speak. Says Bob Byers, President of Byers’ Choice Ltd., “It’s a wonderful show--a great family tradition--the best way I know of to kick off the holiday season.”

The historic setting for this performance is the First Parish Church in Portland, the oldest church building in the city, and one of its finest examples of Federal period architecture and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. First Parish Church was the family church of the Wadsworth Longfellow family. Longfellow and Dickens were fast friends. From their first meeting in 1842, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Charles Dickens were close friends, and for the rest of their lives they nurtured a lively and supportive relationship through numerous letters and visits on both sides of the Atlantic.

Gerald Dickens’ performance is produced by Byers’ Choice Ltd., makers of the nationally-known Carolers® and Kindles® figurines, located in Chalfont, PA. His performance is locally sponsored by O’Donal’s Nursery.

What: A Christmas Carol performed by Gerald Dickens, Great-Great-Grandson of Charles Dickens When: Monday, November 27, 2017 at 7:00pm Where: First Parish Church, 425 Congress St, Portland Cost: Ticket price: $25 MHS members / $35 general admission / $15 for age 18 and under. Note: All photographs, audio and video recordings are prohibited during Mr. Dickens’ performances.

About Maine Historical Society A growing museum, incomparable library and statewide educational resource, we are located in the heart of Portland’s downtown cultural district. Founded in 1822, Maine Historical Society is the third oldest state historical society in the United States. MHS strives to serve the entire state through its education and outreach programs and through the Maine Memory Network digital museum. MHS is comprised of the Wadsworth–Longfellow House and Longfellow Garden, the Maine Historical Society Museum and Store, the MHS Research Library, and Maine Memory Network.

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Maine Historical Society
489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101

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