A Christmas Carol

directed by JOSEPH HAJ

Wurtele Thrust Stage

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As a result of multiple COVID-19 cases within vaccinated members of the Guthrie cast and staff, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the Sunday, December 26 and Monday, December 27 performances of A CHRISTMAS CAROL to safeguard the health of our artists, staff and audiences. Our Box Office will contact those who have purchased tickets to one of these performances; all tickets will be refunded at the point of purchase.

A timeless holiday tale

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. In Charles Dickens’ beloved classic, the three spirits show Scrooge happy memories from his past, difficult realities from the present and a grim future should he continue his closed-hearted ways. This world-premiere adaptation stays faithful to the text and invites audiences to experience the wonder of the holiday season through all-new scenery, costumes, props, lighting and sound. 

Three things to know

  • For the first time since 2010, the Guthrie will update the physical production of the family favorite, including new scenic, costume, prop, lighting and sound designs.
  • Artistic Director Joseph Haj directs, his first time directing A Christmas Carol onstage at the Guthrie, after co-directing the Dickens’ Holiday Classic film with E.G. Bailey in 2020.
  • This fresh-yet-faithful, world-premiere adaptation carefully tracks Scrooge’s journey to redemption and marks the moments when he becomes a willing participant in his own change of heart.

Ticket prices

Ticket prices range from $15 to $134. Discounts are available for students, seniors and children.

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Venue info

A Christmas Carol will take place on the Wurtele Thrust Stage. 

Pro tip: Can't do stairs or have a special seating request? Call the Box Office for details. 

Health and safety

Masks and proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 OR a lab-certified negative COVID-19 PCR test result received within 72 hours prior to entry, plus a valid photo ID are required to attend. Self-administered tests will not be accepted. Full vaccination means 14 days have passed since receiving a second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or a single dose of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 

Ticket holders under age 18 may provide a school photo ID or an official school document with the student’s name.

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Program and play guide

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Run time

Approximately 1 hour, 45 minutes (including intermission)

Content advisory 

This production contains strobe lights, haze and fog.

Age recommendation 

We recommend A Christmas Carol for ages 8 and up. Everyone must have a ticket, and children under 5 are not admitted.


ASL-interpreted, audio-described and open-captioned performances are available on select dates.

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Relaxed performance

The Guthrie will offer a relaxed performance of A Christmas Carol on Sunday, December 5 at 1 p.m. Although these performances are open to all patrons, they are intentionally modified to accommodate patrons with sensory and vestibular sensitivities, anxiety, dementia, autism spectrum disorders, learning differences or challenges attending the theater.

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In the news


"Nineteen months after shutting down because of the pandemic, the Guthrie Theater has returned with an all-new production of A Christmas Carol. This 47th edition of its holiday staple is clean, lean and gorgeous." 

Read the review in the Star Tribune


"Every year, this play reminds us that the things that matter most are not to be sacrificed to the things that matter least. Those themes are as current now as ever." - Joseph Haj

Read the full story in the Star Tribune


Matthew Saldivar and John Catron. Photo by Jenny Graham. 

Matthew Saldivar and Jeffrey Keenan. Photo by Jenny Graham.  

The cast of A Christmas Carol. Photo by Jenny Graham. 

The cast of A Christmas Carol. Photo by Jenny Graham. 

Clay Man Soo, Isa Guitian and Matthew Saldivar. Photo by Jenny Graham. 

Regina Marie Williams and Matthew Saldivar. Photo by Jenny Graham.

The cast of A Christmas Carol. Photo by Jenny Graham. 



Rush Benson

Belle’s Husband/Ghost of Christmas Future

China Brickey

Third Fezziwig Daughter/Fred’s Wife

Cat Brindisi

Second Fezziwig Daughter/Charwoman

Rajané Katurah


John Catron

Bob Cratchit

Paul de Cordova

Mr. Fezziwig/Townsperson 1

Nathaniel Fuller

Old Joe

Isa Guitian


Summer Hagen

First Fezziwig Daughter/Laundress

Charity Jones

Marley/Townsperson 2

Kurt Kwan

Ghost of Christmas Past/Father

Tyler Michaels King

Collector 1/Dick Wilkins

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Emma G. Peterson

Mrs. Cratchit

Matthew Saldivar

Ebenezer Scrooge

Eric Sharp


Clay Man Soo

Young Scrooge

Regina Marie Williams

Mrs. Fezziwig/Ghost of Christmas Present

Olivia Wilusz

Collector 2/Mother

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Lavina Jadhwani


Joseph Haj


Mark Hartman

Music Director

Regina M. Peluso


Matt Saunders

Scenic Designer

Toni-Leslie James

Costume Designer

Yi Zhao

Lighting Designer

Mikaal Sulaiman

Sound Designer

Jane Shaw


Carla Steen

Resident Dramaturg

Jill Walmsley Zager

Voice and Dialect Coach

Megan Winters

Stage Manager

Lyndsey R. Harter

Assistant Stage Manager

Nate Stanger

Assistant Stage Manager

Jennifer Liestman

Resident Casting Director

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Doug Scholz-Carlson

Intimacy Coach

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