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Chesapeake Shakespeare Company presents:

Charles Dickens in Baltimore
A Christmas Carol – CSC Community Conversation


Menalcus Lankford, President of The Dickens Society of Baltimore
Scott Alan Small, Co-Director of A Christmas Carol (and our Ghost of Jacob Marley)

Saturday, December 19, 2015
4pm – 5pm in the theater following our matinee

BALTIMORE (December 4, 2015) –   Did you know that Charles Dickens visited Baltimore in 1842, one year before he published A Christmas Carol?

He stayed downtown on Calvert Street, at a swanky hotel located one block from the site of our theater. He was the toast of town, mentioned in the newspapers. Yet true to his deepest interests, he spent his time here visiting the institutions that housed the downtrodden and ill.

We’d like to think that some of Dickens’ experience in Baltimore found its way into his play…though of course, we have no proof.  As he adapted the text of A Christmas Carol to set the play in Baltimore, our Founding Artistic Director Ian Gallanar learned about the Dickens visit. Ian’s goal was to honor our new theater home in the historic financial district downtown.  His effort to represent lives of 19th Century Baltimoreans can also be seen throughout the play.

Please join us at 4pm on Saturday, December 19, immediately following our matinee, for a lively conversation about Dickens, the play, and our adaptation with a Baltimore twist.

This event is made possible through a generous grant from the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund, creator of the Baker Artist Awards.

Questions? Contact the Box Office at 410-244-8570 or