Friday, September 16, 2022

Times: Showtimes are 1:00 pm or 6:00 pm; Doors open 30 minutes prior

Cost: $20 for adults and $10 for youth ages 4-17 | $18 for member adults and $8 for member youth

Stephen M. Brewer Theater in the Visitor Center at Old Sturbridge Village

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This September, join us for special performances by Gerald Dickens, the great-great-grandson of famous author Charles Dickens! The Oliver Wight Café will also be open to serve pastries, cookies, coffee, tea, beer, and wine till 6:00 pm.

Pre-registration is required; see below for more information. 

Performance Details:

Photo © Ian Dickens

Each performance will include both shows that are listed below with a 20-30 minute intermission.

The Signalman

Charles Dickens is well known for his ghost stories but The Signalman is the most atmospheric of them in all.  In a deep, damp railway a lonely signalman tells his terrible tale to a complete stranger.  The signal box, the tunnel, even the telegraph wires seem to haunt him at every turn.  Gerald Dickens’s performance reflects the brooding nature of this work.

A Child’s Journey with Dickens

The story, written by Kate Douglas Smith Wiggins and told by Mr. Dickens, is about a 12 year old girl’s memory of her chance meeting with her literary hero, Charles Dickens, on a train journey from Portland Maine to Boston Massachusetts, and his enchantment with both her boldness and innocence.  An enchanting tale for all ages!

Meet & Greet:
At the end of each performance, there will be a meet and greet event in the Ox & Yoke Mercantile.  Gerald loves to talk to people, take pictures and sign autographs.


This show will run at 1:00 and 6:00 on Friday, September 16th. Please click your prefered time slot below to reserve your ticket(s). Seating is general admission and doors open 30 minutes prior to showtime.

Please note that tickets do NOT include standard daytime admission. If you wish to visit the Village, which is open 9:30 am to 5:00 pm, you will need to purchase standard daytime admission tickets here

$20 Adult
$18 Member Adult
$10 Youth (4-17)
$8 Member Youth (4-17)

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About Gerald Dickens

Gerald Dickens, the great-great-grandson of author Charles Dickens, is an actor, director, and producer.  With a simple change in posture, facial movements, and captivating voices, he invites the audience to follow along in his one-man show.

Did You Know?

In 1842, Charles Dickens and his wife Catherine or Kate, came to the United States for the first time, providing Dickens opportunities to explore the nation’s growing cities, experience the culture and lifestyle of the young nation, interact with fellow authors, and examine innovations seen in science and industry.  His trip started in Boston.

Dickens was impressed by what he saw in Boston, Worcester, Lowell, and other Massachusetts communities. He marveled at the Perkins Institution and Massachusetts Asylum for the Blind, the House of Industry, Boston’s prison, Harvard University, and the mills of Lowell. Dickens also had a phrenological exam performed by Worcester’s L. N. Fowler during his visit. Dickens met numerous writers and community leaders while in Massachusetts and traveled to the state’s largest cities. Dickens also traveled through Connecticut and Rhode Island as he journeyed south to New York. The young Dickens was already considered a celebrity, an international superstar of literature, and attracted huge crowds wherever he went.