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Tea with Mrs. Dickens

from Actors Company

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In "Tea with Mrs. Dickens",  Catherine Hogarth Dickens welcomes you into the Dickens Family Home at Tavistock in December 1852. During your visit, Mrs. Dickens shares stories, from her early life to her adventures with the world's most famous author, along with her perspectives on Victorian social, literary, parenting, culinary and Christmas traditions. This original, engaging show is performed in period costume by professional actress Marci Diamond, SAG-AFTRA, AEA, who co-wrote the program with J.T. Turner , after our research revealed the need for Catherine to tell her own story. Premiered at the Groveland Historic Society in 2016; upcoming shows include Dickens on The Strand in Galveston, TX and Dickens Holiday Festival at the Museum of Industry & Innovation. 

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About This Program


Point to Point: $220.00
Point to Point Premium: $200.00
By Request: $220.00
By Request Premium: $200.00

We can offer discounts to Title I schools from the regular $220 cost and other very low-income groups if needed); please inquire. DIscount also available per site when requesting a program for multiple sites to tune in simultaneously. Please inquire at . Thank you!


40 minutes (can be 30 mins with no Q/A session or longer with extended Q/A time if desired)

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 9, 10, 11, 12, Parent, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons, Library Staff

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Primary Disciplines

International, Religion, Social Studies/History, Family & Consumer Science, Language Arts/English, Character Education, Reading

Program Delivery Mode

WebExJoin by internet connection (Note: costume has been updated for 2017; telelearning studio set consists of a black curtain backdrop with Victorian Christmas decor, a table with tea, and chair )

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Unless cancelled due to official emergency (e.g., school closed due to weather emergency), cancellation must be received in writing by The Actors Company at least 2 weeks in advance of scheduled program, to avoid fees for late cancellations. Those who cancel within 2 weeks, and do NOT re-book program (subject to 20% re-booking fee) will still be responsible for full program fee.. Please contact us with any questions.

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Actors Company

Waltham, MA
United States

The Actors Company offers original, engaging, historical and literary character-based shows. Our highly interactive programs support educational objectives in ELA, HSS & STE in schools, as well as life-long learning goals in community settings. Shows are presented in period costume, and adaptable to specific curricular, developmental, and scheduling needs. The Actors Company
also offers professional development workshops for performing artists. 

TAC was founded by J.T. Turner (SAG-AFTRA, AEA), an award-winning professional writer, actor, director, and educator, and is managed by Marci Diamond, M.P.A. (SAG-AFTRA, AEA), also a professional teaching artist/performer. They have extensive experience working with schools, universities, senior communities, theaters, museums, filmmakers, universities, corporate and government clients, and non-profits. 

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Program Details


1. Mrs. Catherine Hogarth Dickens welcomes her guests into her home at Tavistock (serving participants actual tea at your venue just prior to the start of the program is entirely optional, but encouraged)
2. Catherine shares stories of her early life in Scotland, and how she met, married and shared many family, charitable, and literary adventures with her husband Charles, the first global celebrity author in his own day.
3. Participants help Catherine "stir the Christmas pudding", as she relates culinary and Christmas traditions that emerged from Victorian England.
4. Catherine discusses her own book "What Shall We Have for Dinner" with participants, who can receive a hard copy of her favorite recipe from the book as well.
5. Time is allowed for questions and answers. The show is set in 1852, just after the birth of Catherine's last child, but some participants may have questions about what happened in Catherine's life after, and the presenter is happy to jump ahead during the Q/A time to answer those as well.


1. The participants will gain a deeper understanding of Victorian social, culinary, literary and Christmas traditions that emerged (or re-emerged) during this era, and their relationship to the most popular author of the time.
2. The participants will develop an appreciation for the life and perspectives of a well-educated (but often misrepresented) Victorian woman.