NASHUA, NH — Fortin Gage Flower and Gift Shop is bringing actor Gerald Dickens, great-great-grandson of author Charles Dickens, back to Nashua for his only tour date in New Hampshire this year. Dickens will perform two shows in Nashua on Friday, December 6, 2019. ‘Mr. Dickens is Coming’ will take place at the Nashua Senior Center at 12:30 p.m. And the beloved Dickens classic, ‘A Christmas Carol,’ will be performed at Nashua Community College at 7 p.m.
Fortin Gage has hosted Dickens, who travels to the U.S. each year from Oxford, England, since 2009 for his one-of-a-kind performances of “A Christmas Carol’ and other Dickens’ classics. The tour is produced by Byers’ Choice Ltd., makers of the well-known Carolers® and Kindles® figurines, located in Chalfont, PA. Fortin Gage has been carrying the Byers’ Carolers for decades in their Downtown Nashua shop.
According to Jody Gage, owner of Fortin Gage, “Gerald Dickens’ adaptation of ‘A Christmas Carol’ has become a favorite holiday tradition for customers at Fortin Gage over the past decade. The show is not a play and is not a reading … but a fantastic performance where Gerald tells the story written by his great-great-grandfather, Charles, as only a Dickens can. He leaps, sobs, and laughs, bringing all 26 characters of the story to life. It’s truly an amazing performance.”
In addition to Dickens’ popular performance of ‘A Christmas Carol’, he’s also performing ‘Mr. Dickens is Coming’ during this year’s visit to Nashua. This show shines a light-hearted and varied look at the life of Charles Dickens as seen through the lens of his colorful literary characters.
The Nashua Senior Center and Nashua Police Athletic League’s (PAL) Tactical Christmas project will both receive portion of ticket sales proceeds from Fortin Gage this year. Additionally, a gift drive for Nashua PAL will take place at both performances. “This act of giving back to our community is also part of our annual holiday tradition with Dickens’ visits,” Gage said.
Tickets for both shows can be ordered online or at the Fortin Gage Flower and Gift Shop at 86 West Pearl Street in Downtown Nashua, NH. For more information call: 603-882-3371.
December 6, 2019 – 12:30 p.m: ‘Mr. Dickens is Coming’ – Price: $18
Nashua Senior Center, 70 Temple Street, Nashua, NH
Order in-store or online at https://bit.ly/2NWXhaU
December 6, 2019 – 7:00pm: ‘A Christmas Carol’ – Price: $25-30
Nashua Community College Auditorium, Judd Gregg Hall, 505 Amherst Street, Nashua, NH
Order in-store or online at https://bit.ly/2LWLHvR
About Fortin Gage Flower & Gift Shop
Fortin Gage Flower and Gift Shop, located at 86 W. Pearl Street was established in 1931 and serves Nashua, NH and surrounding communities. Fortin Gage has hosted Gerald Dickens for ‘A Christmas Carol’ since 2009 with show producer, Byers’ Choice Ltd., makers of the nationally-known Carolers® and Kindles® figurines, located in Chalfont, PA. Fortin Gage offers only the highest quality floral arrangements and gifts.
Gerald Dickens Biography
Gerald Dickens bears more than a passing resemblance to his famous ancestor, who originally toured the U.S. in 1867 reading his literary works before spellbound audiences. The 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. For many years Gerald says that he himself “avoided anything to do with Dickens like the plague.” But in 1993 when a friend asked him to do a reading of ‘A Christmas Carol’ on its 150th anniversary of publication to help raise money for a historical restoration project, he couldn’t turn him down. To his surprise, he enjoyed doing it and has been delighting audiences around the world with his rendition ever since.