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Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, and Ebenezer Scrooge come to marvelous life in Patrick Stewart's critically-acclaimed solo interpretation of A Christmas Carol.

The star of X-Men and The Royal Shakespeare Company, Stewart has performed his one-man stage production of this holiday classic to sell-out audiences. Now, in this Grammy-nominated studio recording of the dazzling achievement that has thrilled audiences in New York and Los Angeles, Stewart invites listeners to rediscover the timeless story at its source: Dickens' own words, presented in a soaring, virtuoso solo performance in which Stewart plays all parts.

Charles Dickens was born in 1812 near Portsmouth where his father was a clerk in the navy pay office. The family moved to London in 1823, but their fortunes were severely impaired. Dickens was sent to work in a blacking-warehouse when his father was imprisoned for debt. Both experiences deeply affected the future novelist. In 1833, he began contributing stories to newspapers and magazines, and in 1836 started the serial publication of The Pickwick Papers. Thereafter, Dickens published his major novels over the course of the next twenty years, from Nicholas Nickleby to Little Dorrit. He also edited the journals Household Words and All the Year Round. Dickens died in June 1870.

Patrick Stewart's career has conquered all mediums. His credits include the role of Professor Charles Xavier in all three X-Men films and as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the highly popular television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. He is also a classically trained theatre actor and has been an Associate Artist of The Royal Shakespeare Company for more than forty years. In 1979 he won the Olivier Award for his performance in Anthony & Cleopatra and has since been nominated for both Golden Globe and Emmy awards for his roles in The Lion in Winter and Moby Dick. His one-man adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol won a New York Drama Desk Award for its sold out 1991 season on Broadway and an Oliver Award in London.

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