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Where to See ‘A Christmas Carol’ This Holiday Season

November 30, 2018 by Allison Considine
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Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol” is the most-produced play, making appearances on stages from coast to coast, year to year. With countless adaptations, this perennial favorite is a prized tradition for audiences of all ages. Follow the infamous curmudgeon Ebenezer Scrooge as he journeys to the past, through the present, and to the future to find the true meaning of the holidays in this tale of redemption. From ghost stories to dancing, from carols to the heartwarming Tiny Tim, “A Christmas Carol” is a must-see every year. There are musical versions, one-man shows, immersive experiences and more — find where it’s playing near you and get into the holiday spirit!

A Christmas Carol- A Ghost Story of Christmas” at Alley Theatre
Houston’s Alley Theatre presents a family-friendly adaptation of the classic tale, by Michael Wilson. The cast features James Black (who also directs the production) in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge. The family favorite runs through Dec. 30.

A Christmas Carol – The New Musical” at Center for the Arts at Lone Star College Cyfair
In a co-production with Houston’s Stageworks Theatre, the Center for the Arts at Lone Star College Cyfair is presenting a musicalized version of the holiday favorite. The musical features music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, and a book by Mike Ockrent and Ahrens. The show, which runs through Dec. 16, will be something to sing about.

A Christmas Carol” at McCarter Theater Center
New Jersey’s McCarter Theater Center brings the whole community together —  literally — for its annual production of Dickens’ classic. The production, running through Dec. 29, features 35 community members from the greater Princeton area.

“A Christmas Carol” at The Players Theater
The Players Theater in New York City is presenting an “A Christmas Carol” tuner, with music and lyrics by Michael Sgouros and Brenda Bell, for the tenth year this season. The musical, featuring British pantomime-inspired scenic design, runs through Dec. 30.

“A Christmas Carol” at Old Vic
Across the pond, the Old Vic is inviting audiences into the holiday magic with an immersive production adapted by Jack Thorne (“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”). Complete with mince pies and music, the show will run through Jan. 19.

London Musical Theatre Orchestra: “A Christmas Carol” at Lyceum Theatre
The London Musical Theatre Orchestra, featuring 32 members, will play a concert of the musical by Alan Menken, Lynn Ahrens, and Mike Ockrent. Griff Rhys Jones will star as Ebenezer Scrooge, and the limited concert will be performed at the Lyceum Theatre in London on Dec. 10 and 17.

Simon Callow in “A Christmas Carol” at Arts Theatre
Simon Callow and director and designer Tom Cairns teamed up to create a one-man show of the perennial favorite. The fast-paced performance, starring Callow, will run at London’s Arts Theatre through Jan. 12.

“A Christmas Carol” at Goodman Theatre
Chicago’s Goodman Theatre has been presenting “A Christmas Carol” for more than four decades. Adapted by Tom Creamer, this big production of nearly 30 performers and musicians will spread holiday cheer through Dec. 30.

 “A Christmas Carol”at Milwaukee Repertory Theatre
Wisconsin’s Milwaukee Repertory Theatre is staging an adaptation by Mark Clements, featuring live music, dancing, and special effects. The show runs through Dec. 24.

 “A Christmas Carol” at A.C.T.
In San Francisco, the American Conservatory Theater’s playful adaptation by Carey Perloff and Paul Walsh features music by Karl Lundeberg and a cast of dozens. The festive production will run through Dec. 29.

“A Christmas Carol”at Hillbarn Theatre
In Foster City, Calif., the musical by Alan Menken, Lynn Ahrens, and Mike Ockrent will be bringing holiday cheer to the Hillbarn Theatre through Dec. 16. Buckle up and get ready to take a journey through the past, present, and future.

“A Christmas Carol” at South Coast Repertory
Bah humbug! In Costa Mesa, California, Hal Landon Jr. will reprise his performance as Scrooge in Jerry Patch’s adaptation. Join Fezziwig and the Cratchits for the 39th annual production through Dec. 24.

“A Christmas Carol” at Geffen Playhouse
Tony Award-winner Jefferson Mays takes on all the characters of the holiday tale in his one-man show. The world premiere, directed by Michael Arden, bows in Los Angeles through Dec. 16.

“A Christmas Carol” at A Noise Within
Adapted for the stage by Geoff Elliott, who co-cirects with Julia Rodriguez-Elliott, this production features an imaginative set including an onstage swing! The show will be spreading holiday cheer through Dec. 23.

“A Christmas Carol” at Ford’s Theatre
For 35 years, audiences have joined the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC. The production, originally conceived by Michael Baron, features music and will run through Dec. 30.

“Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol” at Greater Boston Stage Co.
This adaptation stars everyone’s favorite character, Tiny Tim! Adapted by father and son duo, Ken Ludwig and Jack Ludwig, this heartwarming version focuses on Tiny Tim’s wish to have his father home for the holiday. Catch the magic through Dec. 23. God bless us, every one!

“A Christmas Carol” at A Contemporary Theatre
In Seattle, A Contemporary Theatre is mounting the show for the 43rd time. Gregory A. Falls’s adaptation closely follows Dickens’ novella. Join in on the festivities through Dec. 28.

“A Christmas Carol” at Shaw Festival
Canada’s Shaw Festival, in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, is presenting Tim Carroll’s adaptation at its winter wonderland location through Dec. 23.

“A Christmas Carol” at Soulpepper
Also in Canada is Soulpepper’s production in Toronto, adapted by Michael Shamata. Witness Ebenezer Scrooge’s transformation through Dec. 24.

“A Christmas Carol” at Wyly Theatre
In Texas you’ll find Ebenezer Scrooge at the Dallas Theater Center in a bold reimagination of his tale to redemption. The adaptation by Kevin Moriarty bows through Dec. 30.