Dickens returns with A Christmas Carol

One of the Christmas season’s most beloved stories is the redemption of Charles Dickens’ iconic character, Ebenezer Scrooge.

The great novelist’s great-great grandson, Gerald Dickens, returns to Wilton with his one-man show, based on the story of the same name, A Christmas Carol, for one performance Friday, Nov. 27, 7 p.m., at the Clune Center at Wilton High School. It is presented by the Wilton Historical Society and the Historical Christmas Barn. Admission is $15 and tickets are available at historicalchristmasbarn.com.

Gerald Charles Dickens bears more than a passing resemblance to his famous ancestor, who originally toured the U.S. in 1867 reading his literary works before appreciative audiences. 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. He himself avoided the novelist’s work, but agreed to do a reading of A Christmas Carol on its 150th anniversary of publication for a charitable event in 1993. He has continued his show ever since.

During his energetic one-man show, Dickens brings 26 characters to life with just a table, wing chair, and hat rack accompanying him on stage. Connecticut is one of several states on Dickens’ U.S. tour.