Galveston Historical Foundation
Dickens on The Strand Entertainers

Entertainers & Guests : Dickens on The Strand


Click here to access our 2022 schedule! From festival acts to VIP exclusives, this year’s Dickens on The Strand has our largest lineup yet!


HER MAJESTY QUEEN VICTORIA AND HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCE ALBERT | It wouldn’t be a true event without royalty! Each year at Dickens on The Strand, Her Majesty Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, along with their court, make frequent appearances throughout the event. Be on the lookout during parades, special events, and on the streets of the event itself for your moment with the crown..

JOHN & CHRISTINA NEITZ | John Neitz has performed as the Dickens on the Strand town crier since 2010 and was appointed the Official Town Crier of the City of Minneapolis in 2004. He is escorted by his wife Christina, an accomplished historical costuming specialist. Between them, John and Christina have more than five decades of experience in historical reenactment and historically themed entertainment.
John and Christina Neitz
FATHER CHRISTMAS | Father Christmas although known by many names throughout the world has been sharing his extraordinary kindness and generosity to those in need since the 4th century. His many monikers include Père Nöel (France), St. Nicholas (Europe), Babbo Natale (Italy), Sinnterklaas (Holland), Ded Moroz or ‘Grandfather Frost’ (Russia), and Kris Kringle or Santa Claus (USA).
Father Christmas
CHARLES DICKENS | Portrayed by actor T. Stacy Hicks, Charles Dickens returns to his namesake festival for special appearances, performances, and more. Debuting in 2022, Stacy brought his unique performing talents to his portrayal of Dickens. This year’s return will include hosting the kick-off Fezziwig’s Friday, photo opportunities in our VIP area, meet and greets, and more.


JANE DICKENS MONK | Jane Dickens Monk’s painstaking work in collecting and finishing her father’s, Cedric, personal memoirs received its welcome in 2016 with “My Life.” Her tireless work is celebrating the amazing life of Dickens’ great-grandson through his own words and personal photos debuted at the 2017 year’s festival. She is the great-great-granddaughter of Charles Dickens.

LUCINDA DICKENS HAWKSLEY | Lucinda Hawksley is an author, broadcaster, lecturer, and award-winning travel writer, who has worked as an interviewee, consultant, and presenter on TV and radio shows worldwide. Her latest book is Dickens and Travel (2022), which looks at Charles Dickens’s travel writing and at his fascinating journeys overseas. She is a great-great-great-granddaughter of Charles and Catherine Dickens.

OLLIE DICKENS | Oliver ‘Ollie’ Dickens is a great-great-great-grandson of Charles Dickens who lives in North London. He is a British actor who recently graduated from LAMDA, one of the finest drama training academies in the world, having previously graduated from the University of York with a BA(Hons) in Writing, Directing and Performance.
POLLY OLIVIA BOYD | Polly is the great-great-great granddaughter of Charles Dickens, descended through his son Sir Henry Fielding Dickens. Polly has had a long career in book publishing in London and is now a freelance editor based in the Regency spa town of Cheltenham, in the Cotswolds. Last Christmas she participated in an event at the Charles Dickens Museum in London, performing festive readings of Dickens’ Christmas works.


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    PLEASE NOTE: Tickets are non-refundable. The festival is open rain or shine. GHF is not responsible for independent transactions between visitors and vendors. We are committed to making Dickens on The Strand special needs accessible. If we can assist with arrangements, please contact us at 409-765-7834 in advance of your visit.

    Pets and ice chests are not allowed. Scooters, skateboards, rollerblades, skates, Segways and other recreational “wheels” are forbidden. Guests bringing in costume weapons and props must have them secured will be asked to go through additional screening.

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