With a woeful holler, Gerald Dickens falls to his knees and begins to weep. Hands trembling and a voice laced with regret, he begs for mercy and the chance to redeem himself.
Although the audience knows the outcome of the tale unfolding in front of them, all eyes are transfixed on the man with the top hat and black waistcoat.
It’s moments like this, during Gerald Dickens’ one-man theatrical performance of “A Christmas Carol,” that one fully appreciates the acting talents of this 50-year-old performer and experiencing a brush with literary history.
While the beloved tale of Scrooge is performed across the country and around the world at prestigious venues, theaters and high school auditoriums this time of year, none of the actors have the pedigree of Gerald Dickens since it was his great-great grandfather, Charles Dickens, who penned the iconic story in 1843.
This Wednesday, Dickens will bring Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and a host of other characters to life as he returns to Country Cupboard for two theatrical performances of his enthralling one-man show.
“This is a story that remains as fresh and relevant today as the day it was first published. People, especially those in America, embrace and love the story of this bitter miser and his journey to redemption,” said Dickens with a stiff, yet warm British accent. “It’s a story about regret and compassion, second chances and family with some of the best characters in literature.”
Since 1993, Dickens has been performing “A Christmas Carol” across Britain and America with nothing more than a couple of props, period garb and a commanding presence that draws the audience into a tale they know by heart, yet cling to every word.
His show was inspired by Charles Dickens’ own readings in the 1860s.