Dickens’ Holiday Classic

adapted and directed for the stage by JOSEPH HAJ
film direction by E.G. BAILEY

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 four local actors 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. 

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.


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

How it works

If you purchase a ticket, you will receive a link on December 19 to view the prerecorded performance at your convenience. You and members of your household may watch it as many times as you wish 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.

Digital resources

Coming soon!

Group sales

If you’re interested in purchasing access to Dickens’ Holiday Classic for a group, email groups@guthrietheater.org and we’ll follow up with you.   


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 Future. 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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