September 14, 2005
Relive "A Christmas Carol" with Charles Dickens' descendant
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – For the sixth consecutive year, the Williamsburg Inn proudly presents Charles Dickens’ beloved yuletide drama “A Christmas Carol” performed by the author’s great-great-grandson to beguile and entertain holiday guests at four spirited events, Wednesday, December 7 and Thursday, December 8.
Gerald Charles Dickens will summon the voices of Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and the ghost of Jacob Marley to the Williamsburg Inn’s Regency Room this Christmas season for his captivating one-man show. The internationally acclaimed Williamsburg Inn will host the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future that appear in the renowned English author’s 1843 story, and devotees are invited to celebrate the season with Mr. Scrooge and his ghostly visitors.
The 42-year-old actor, who bears a striking resemblance to his ancestor, will use a variety of voices to portray the 26 different characters. Dressed in a frock coat, cravat and embroidered waistcoat, Gerald Charles Dickens leaps, laughs and sobs as he actively interprets his ancestor’s timeless tale. On Dec. 7 and 8, the Inn will host afternoon Tea With Dickens, priced at $40 for adults, $20 for children 12 and under. An Evening with Dickens in the elegant Regency Room both nights will present a four-course dinner, priced at $105 for adults, $50 for children.
Dickens has performed “A Christmas Carol” throughout the U.S. for the past eight Christmas seasons and has appeared at numerous theaters, historic hotels and Dickens festivals throughout the United States and Europe.
A theater manager in his native England, Dickens also is a producer and director. He loves to perform his great-great-grandfather’s works and, as an actor, said he feels privileged. “I had a good script writer,” he said of Charles Dickens. Gerald Dickens first began acting at age 9, but did not start performing his ancestor’s works until the 150th anniversary of the publication of “A Christmas Carol,” when a friend raising money for a historic theater restoration project asked him to re-create Dickens on stage.
Dickens has appeared on the History Channel’s “History’s Lost and Found” discussing “A Christmas Carol.” He has been interviewed on NBC’s “Today Show,” CBS’s “This Morning,” ABC’s “Good Morning America” and PBS stations throughout the United States. The New York Times has described Gerald Dickens’ performance as “a once in a lifetime brush with literary history.”
The Regency-style Williamsburg Inn is a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation Historic Hotels of America and enjoys affiliation with the Leading Small Hotels of the World. The hotel is operated by the not-for-profit Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and revenues support the foundation’s educational programs and Historic Area preservation.
Inviting Christmas vacation packages, including lodging, Colonial Williamsburg admission and Dickens performance tickets, make a holiday getaway affordable. For information and reservations, call
toll-free (800) HISTORY. Or, visit Colonial Williamsburg on the Internet at www.ColonialWilliamsburg.com.
Carol C. Godwin