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The great-great grandson of literary icon Charles Dickens will be performing and streaming his captivating rendition of A Christmas Carol, a heartwarming holiday tale, November 26 through December 31 as a fundraiser and holiday show for the historic Strand Theater, 400 Clifton Avenue, Lakewood, N.J.

This unforgettable one-man show, a great family tradition and a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season, has recently been captured on film for all of his fans to enjoy – streaming exclusively on Vimeo.

Gerald will take you on the magical journey of Ebenezer Scrooge’s heartfelt transformation by acting out all 26 characters in this favorite holiday tale. He 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.

Gerald Dickens bears more than a passing resemblance to his famous ancestor, who originally toured the U.S. in 1867, reading his literary works before spellbound audiences.  The historians report that A Christmas Carol was his favorite piece to perform.

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. For many years Gerald says that he himself “avoided anything to do with Dickens like the plague.”  But in 1993 when a friend asked him to do a reading of A Christmas Carol on its 150th anniversary of publication to help raise money for a historical restoration project, he couldn’t turn him down.  To his surprise, he enjoyed doing it and has been delighting audiences around the world with his rendition ever since.

Tickets that will benefit the Strand are $20 and are available at www.strand.org.