Gerald Charles Dickens, British actor and great-great grandson of world-famous novelist Charles Dickens, arrives on November 17, 2005 for his American Holiday Tour. Over the next 40 days, the 42-year-old Dickens will perform throughout the United States at historic hotels, museums and foundations, theaters, libraries, Dickens festivals and holiday galas. The energetic Dickens leaps, laughs, and sobs as he portrays the 26 voices of A Christmas Carol. His striking resemblance to his great-great-grandfather and his emotionally brilliant performances bring awe to adults and children alike.

"History, literature, and biography spring to life when Gerald Dickens commands the stage," says Caroline Jackson, President of Jackson Enterprises, Inc., Dickens' management company. "He is powerful, energetic, and interactive. His spellbinding performance enthralls audiences! They respond to him with standing ovations and heartfelt affection."

Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol in 1843. This classic tale portrays the miserly Scrooge, transformed by the three Spirits' visits, becoming exuberant on Christmas morning, eager to help the crippled Tiny Tim and his family.

"Charles Dickens performed the Carol in America in the 1800's," Jackson explains. "Gerald Charles Dickens' performances have become a holiday tradition in present-day America. Dickens' new show, The Republic of My Imagination, premiered in 2002, celebrating his great-great-grandfather's first trip to America in 1842."

Dickens has appeared on The History Channel, CBS This Morning, Good Morning America, and PBS stations throughout the United States. His performances have been featured on the front page of The New York Times. In England, Dickens was chosen this year to lay the ceremonial wreath in Westminster Abbey honoring Charles Dickens on the anniversary of his death.

Back home in England, Dickens is an actor, producer, and director. He performed his solo show Nicholas Nickleby at Rochester's summer Dickens festival in England. Another Dickens' show he wrote and performs is The Tale of Two Speeches and a dramatization of his Charles Dickens' ghost story, The Signalman. He, also, keeps busy with his production company, Mrs. Humphreys Productions.

Dickens' acting career began at age nine in a school nativity play. He appeared wearing a bigger-than-life animal costume designed by his father, David Charles Dickens, past president of the worldwide Dickens Fellowship.

Following each American Holiday Tour performance, Dickens will sign and personalize Dickens books, gifts, and collectibles offered for sale by Jackson Enterprises, Inc. Two books will be of special interest to attendees: Christmas with Dickens and The Life of Our Lord, both hardcover collectibles.

October 2005