Gerald Charles Dickens, the great-great-grandson of author Charles Dickens, returns to Omaha for a third year to perform excerpts from his ancestor’s works Friday and Saturday. The performances are fundraisers for the Douglas County Historical Society.
The events kick off with a 2 p.m. tea Friday at the Field Club of Omaha, 3615 Woolworth Ave., followed by a 3 p.m. performance of “The Magic Words of Dickens.” The program is a lighthearted look back at the life and times of Charles Dickens, including scenes from the author’s works, diary extracts and observations of those who knew him. Tickets are $37 for Historical Society members, $40 for nonmembers.
Friday evening, Dickens will perform “Sikes & Nancy,” excerpts from “Oliver Twist,” at the General Crook House, 30th and Fort Streets. The evening includes cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 6 p.m., the performance at 7 p.m. and socializing with Dickens starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $75 for members, $80 for nonmembers.
Saturday at 1 p.m. Dickens returns to the Field Club for a one-man performance of “A Christmas Carol,” in which he plays more than 30 characters. Tickets are $27 for members, $30 for nonmembers.
“A Close Encounter With Mr. Dickens” is the title of a Saturday night program at the Crook House that begins at 6 p.m. with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and musical entertainment. At 7 p.m. Dickens will depict his great-great grandfather’s later years when he was in ill health and visited the United States. Patrons can again visit with the actor after the hourlong show. Tickets are $75 for members, $80 for nonmembers.
Dickens will also appear at a free public book signing at Conversations in Rockbrook Village, 10909 Prairie Brook Road, at 10 a.m. Saturday. Dickens-related merchandise will be for sale.
For ticket reservations or more information, visit DouglasCoHistory.org and click on the Dickens graphic.