Dickens is no stranger to Christmas at Vaillancourt Folk Art. Since 2009, Gerald Charles Dickens has made the flight from England to take stage at Vaillancourt’s in Sutton, MA to perform his one man performance of A Christmas Carol—in a similar fashion that his great-great grandfather, Charles Dickens, did during his American readings. Each year since, hundreds of audience members choose to start their holiday season with the intimate performance and meet-and-greet immediately following afterwards. And the 2015 season adds a bonus: one performance of Dickens’ most popular readings, Doctor Marigold.
Doctor Marigold was one of Charles Dickens most popular readings. The doctor of the title is a market Cheap Jack, named in honour of a doctor who assisted at his birth. On the surface he is a trader with a rapid sales-patter, but underneath there lays a story both moving and heartbreaking. Although little known today, Dr Marigold still moves audiences as it did in Charles’ day.
This is not the first time that Vaillancourt Folk Art has hosted Mr. Dickens for a non-Christmas performance. In 2012, in celebration of the 200th anniversary of Dickens’ birth, Vaillancourt Folk Art teamed up with Mechanics Hall (a venue who Charles Dickens performed A Christmas Carol in 1868) to recreate the American tour. During that September weekend, Mr. Dickens took to the Vaillancourt stage and did readings—Oliver Twist, A Child’s Journey with Dickens, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby—to an enthusiastic audience.
To those attending one of the three performance of A Christmas Carol, discounted tickets are available for the Doctor Marigold performance to ensure you have a full Dickens weekend.
2015 Performance Schedule
A Christmas Carol
- Saturday, November 28th at 2pm & 7pm at Vaillancourt Folk Art in Sutton
- Sunday, November 29th at 2pm at Vaillancourt Folk Art in Sutton
- Sunday, November 29th at 6pm at Vaillancourt Folk Art in Sutton
Tickets now available »