A Christmas Carol

by CHARLES DICKENS
adapted by LAVINA JADHWANI
directed by JOSEPH HAJ
Wurtele Thrust Stage

A timeless holiday tradition

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. Throughout his journey, Scrooge is forced to reckon with the man he has become and contemplate the man he could be — but only if his restless night leads to a change of heart by morning. Artistic Director Joseph Haj returns to direct this heartwarming holiday tradition for all ages.

Three things to know

  • Our 48th annual production will repeat last season’s adaptation by Lavina Jadhwani. Faithful to the Dickens tale, her adaptation carefully tracks Scrooge’s journey to redemption to mark the moments when Scrooge becomes a willing participant in his own change of heart, from the tears he sheds upon seeing his boyhood school to the fear that Death will claim him before he can make good on his resolution to change.
  • In 2021, the Guthrie invested in a new physical production of the family favorite, including new scenic, costume, prop, lighting and sound designs. For the 2022 production, various set pieces and various tech elements will be completed and the creative design will be fully realized.
  • Guthrie audiences will remember Jadhwani as the director of our gender-bending production of Shakespeare’s As You Like It in 2019.

Ticket prices

Tickets range from $20 to 134. 

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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. 

Run time

Approximately 1 hour, 45 minutes (including intermission)

Accessibility

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

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Content advisory

This production contains strobe lights, haze and fog.

Relaxed performance

The Guthrie will offer a relaxed performance of A Christmas Carol on Sunday, November 27 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 and/or other challenges attending the theater.

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