Dickens’ Holiday Classic

adapted and directed by E.G. BAILEY and JOSEPH HAJ

Presented virtually and available to stream beginning

A virtual telling of A Christmas Carol

One of Charles Dickens’ favorite ways to spread holiday cheer was to perform dramatic readings of his beloved ghost story for audiences near and far. With a trusty, self-edited copy of his novella in hand, Dickens took Scrooge’s tale of transformation on the road for years, standing at podiums and entertaining large crowds of devoted fans from London to Boston and beyond.

Drawing inspiration from this centuries-old tradition, we are proud to present a special virtual event featuring a cast of four beloved A Christmas Carol veterans who will reimagine Dickens’ hand-curated chapters for a global audience to enjoy. During the season that would have brought our 46th consecutive production of A Christmas Carol to the Guthrie stage, we’re thrilled to continue this holiday tradition virtually with the hope of making spirits bright while our stages are dark.

Dickens’ Holiday Classic is not a recording of the Guthrie's stage production of A Christmas Carol. It is a newly conceived offering that will be filmed and available to stream December 19–31.

Ticket prices

Tickets are $10, intended for single-household use and nonrefundable. If you wish to bundle your ticket with a donation to the Guthrie, please consider the $35 or $60 options available at checkout. 

Gift giving / Group sales

To purchase tickets as gifts for 1–4 people, please call the Box Office at 612.377.2224. To purchase tickets for groups of 5+, email groups@guthrietheater.org and we’ll follow up with you.   

For educators 

As part of our ongoing commitment to introduce youth to theater and engage them in the power of storytelling, we’re making Dickens’ Holiday Classic free to all K–12 schools beginning December 15. Educators and administrators may register here or email groups@guthrietheater.org for more information.

Age recommendation 

The content is appropriate for ages 8 and up, but the virtual nature of this event may be best suited for middle schoolers and up.

How it works

If you purchase a ticket, you will create and/or log into your account on the Guthrie’s website to view the prerecorded performance at your convenience beginning December 19. You and members of your household may watch it an unlimited number of times until the link expires at 11:59 p.m. on December 31.

What you need

You will need internet access and a smartphone, tablet or computer. Hot cocoa is highly recommended.


Captioning, ASL interpretation and audio description will be available. For more information, email accessibility@guthrietheater.org.

Digital resources

Coming soon!


Please call the Box Office at 612.377.2224, Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

About the story

A miserly and miserable man, Ebenezer Scrooge greets each Christmas with “Bah! Humbug!” until he is visited one Christmas Eve by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Yet to Come. Through a restless night, the spirits show him happy memories from his past, cruel realities from the present and a grim future should he continue his cantankerous ways. Charles Dickens’ timeless tale continues to be a perennial favorite and holiday tradition that invites audiences of all ages to celebrate the merriment of the season with their family and loved ones.



Ryan Colbert

Chapter 2

Nathaniel Fuller

Chapter 4

Charity Jones

Chapter 1

Meghan Kreidler

Chapter 3

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