Gerald Dickens plays more than 30 characters in "A Christmas Carol."

Gerald Dickens plays more than 30 characters in "A Christmas Carol." Credit: AP / Jeff Chiu

You can be certain this is no humbug: On Dec. 5, Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington will present "A Christmas Carol" starring the great-great-grandson of Charles Dickens, who wrote the 1843 holiday perennial.

Actor-writer-producer Gerald Dickens will portray more than 30 characters — from Ebenezer Scrooge to Tiny Tim — in the one-man show he created in 1993. Dickens, 59, will also have copies of his book, "Dickens and Staplehurst: A Biography of a Rail Crash," available for purchase at the event, which will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 (show only) or $45, which also include his book. To reserve, visit

Dickens has also written and starred in other one-man shows with ties to his great-great-grandfather. Among them are "Mr. Dickens Is Coming!," which uses scenes from the diaries of Charles Dickens and his own to tell his life story; "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby"; "Sikes and Nancy," inspired by "Oliver Twist"; and "Great Expectations."

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