In the preface to American Notes, Charles Dickens wrote, "I have many friends in America, I feel a grateful interest in the country...."

As a tribute to his great-great-grandfather and in appreciation to his many friends in America, Gerald Charles Dickens premieres his new one-man stage show, celebrating Charles Dickens' first trip to the United States of America in 1842.

"The Republic of My Imagination is a mix of humour, pathos, joy and despair - everything that makes a Dickens novel!" Gerald Dickens says.

The present-day Dickens takes us into the character of his great-great-grandfather as he visits Lowell, Massachusetts and shows us the admiration that he felt for the organization and management of the mills. However, as he gazes at the marvels of the new world, he remembers the dark days of his own childhood in the factories of London.

From Boston and Lowell, Charles Dickens traveled extensively across the country. In this fast-paced second act Gerald takes us on the same tour, reveling in the sights and experiences as his ancestor visited Hartford, New York, Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Louisville, Niagara Falls, and met with President John Tyler in the White House.

Performance Time: 2 acts, approximately 45 minutes each. A 15- minute intermission.

Use of cameras or any audio or video recording device is strictly prohibited.

Book Signings: Prior to and after the performance, Dickens Books, Gifts, and Collectibles offered by Jackson Enterprises, Inc. will be available for sale. Mr. Dickens signs after the performance. Only Dickens Books, Gifts, and Collectibles purchased at this performance will be signed. Photos are permitted at this time.


Note: People unable to attend the full conference can purchase tickets to this event only.

$8.50 for adults, $5.00 for seniors and college students. Free for students under 18. Not recommended for children under 10. (978)934-4444, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.


Performance Details:

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A Child's Journey with Dickens >, Mr. Dickens is Coming! >

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