The elegantly decorated General Crook House Museum will provide the backdrop to Gerald’s performance of one of Charles’ heavier novels, Oliver Twist. This is Victorian theater at its most dramatic. Most of Charles’ readings were safe, well-known and often comic passages from his novels, but in 1869 he introduced Sikes and Nancy to his repertoire. When Dickens performed what he called, ‘The Murder’ he judged the success of the evening by the number of ladies who had fainted with horror. Today, it has lost none of its power. The evening includes wine, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and musical entertainment.