“Masterful storytelling”…. ….“True to Dickens’ voice”……..“A tour de force”


5th Smash Year!


A Christmas Carol
at the
Merchant’s House

Charles Dickens in New York, 1867

Performances November 30 to December 31.
See right sidebar for tickets and performance schedule.

In December 1867, Charles Dickens arrived in New York City for a month of sold-out performances of his beloved holiday classic, A Christmas Carol.

Spectators buying tickets for Dickens's reading at Steinway Hall in New York City, 1867

Spectators buying tickets for Dickens’s reading at Steinway Hall, on 14th Street near Union Square, 1867

“… we shall never have any entertainments more charming, or more full of genuine, legitimate and elevating pleasure …”
The New York Times, 1867

“The Christmas Carol becomes doubly enchanting when one hears it performed by Dickens.”
New York Herald, 1867

John Kevin Jones in A Christmas Carol

Join Mr. Dickens, portrayed by actor John Kevin Jones, as he tells his timeless Christmas tale in the elegant intact Greek Revival double parlor of the landmark 1832 Merchant’s House Museum.

Surrounded by 19th century holiday decorations, flickering candles, and richly appointed period furnishings, audiences will be transported back 150 years in this captivating one-hour performance created from Dickens’ own script.

Toast the holiday season with Charles Dickens in our cozy mid-19th century kitchen before the performance, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Christmas Eve. New Year’s Eve weekend audiences
can toast the new year with a glass of champagne punch before the performance.

A Christmas Carol at the Merchant’s House, Charles Dickens in New York, 1867, is presented by Summoners Ensemble Theatre in association with the Merchant’s House Museum and directed by Dr. Rhonda Dodd.