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A streaming guide: Theaters find a way to bring a little 'Scrooge' into your life

A streaming guide: Theaters find a way to bring a little 'Scrooge' into your life

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What's Christmas without a Scrooge?

That's the dilemma a number of theater companies around the world wondered when COVID-19 halted plans to produce large-scale productions at their theaters. Realizing the financial benefit of a "Carol," they reimagined their productions and have turned to streaming them. 

Some theaters have brought the story into contemporary times, others have positioned it as a radio play. What's on the books? Here's a partial list, ready to get you in the holiday mood:


“A Christmas Carol”

Old Vic Theatre, London

Streaming: Dec. 12-24


Details: Part of the “In Camera” series, the presentation is a full-scale production performed without an audience. “Walking Dead’s” Andrew Lincoln stars as Scrooge.

“A Christmas Carol”

Theater in the Park, Raleigh, N.C.

Streaming: Throughout December


Details: Written by Ira David Woods III, this edition has been a Raleigh staple since 1974. Viewers will get to see the 2019 edition, which was a fully produced show.

“A Columbus Christmas Carol”

Contemporary American Theater Company, Columbus, Ohio

Streaming: Dec. 16-27


Details: A contemporary version featuring bank owner Ebony Scrooge.


"A Christmas Carol Live”

Christmas Carol live

Special effects help Jefferson Mays perform "A Christmas Carol" live. 


Streaming: Through Jan. 3


Details: Tony winner Jefferson Mays performs 50 characters in this one-man show. Presented Nov. 28, it was preserved for playback at home through Jan. 3.

“Dickens Holiday Classic”

Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis

Streaming: Dec. 19-31


Details: Four actors perform Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” on the Guthrie stage.


The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis has long been known for its "A Christmas Carol" adaptations. This year, the theater will present a scaled-back version. Here, Ansa Akyea as the Ghost of Christmas Present and Nathaniel Fuller as Ebenezer Scrooge star in a past main stage production. 

“A Christmas Carol”

Kansas City Rep, Kansas City

Streaming: Through December


Details: Four Kansas City Rep actors read chapters from the book, offering a “fireside” version of the classic.

“Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol”

Milwaukee Rep, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Streaming: Dec. 10-24


Details: A one-person adaptation features Lee E. Ernst as a host of characters.

"A Christmas Carol"

Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Montgomery

Streaming: Through Dec. 27


Greta Lambert stars in "A Christmas Carol," which will be streamed through Dec. 27 by the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. 


Details: Greta Lambert adapted and stars in this one-person take on Scrooge, Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future.


“A Christmas Carol”

Trinity Rep, Providence, R.I.

Streaming: Dec. 17-Jan. 10

Tickets: The online version is free. Go to:

Details: The one-hour show includes storytelling elements only available through an online presentation. It stars Joe Wilson Jr. as Scrooge.

“A Christmas Carol”

Alley Theatre, Houston, Texas

Streaming: Dec. 4-27


Details: A digital adaptation, this presentation features actors performing from home.

“A Christmas Carol”

American Shakespeare Center, Staunton, Virginia

Streaming: In various forms throughout December


Details: Because they can’t present the show to an in-person audience, producers have arranged a host of options, including streaming and at drive-in and area cinemas.


“Manual Cinema’s Christmas Carol”

Manual Cinema, Chicago, Illinois

Streaming: Dec. 3-20


Details: Hundreds of paper puppets perform a contemporary version of the Dickens story. Each show is performed live at the Chicago studio.


“A Christmas Carol: The Radio Play”

Ford’s Theatre, Washington, D.C.

Streaming: Dec. 14 and thereafter

Tickets: It’s free, but available on the website as a radio play:

Details: A radio play, the hour-long production features Craig Wallace as Scrooge.

“A Christmas Carol”

Goodman Theatre, Chicago

Streaming: Through December


Details: The show will be done as a radio play and will include sound effects to bring the spirit of the story into homes.

“A Christmas Carol”

Actors Theatre of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky

Streaming: Through Dec. 31


Details: Done as a radio play, the 85-minute production is accompanied by a box of goodies listeners can order to enhance the experience.

“A Christmas Carol: On Air”

American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco, California

Streaming: Dec. 5-31


Details: Called an “auditory treat,” the radio play is an adaptation of the stage production done at the theater. Early-bird ticketholders can also get an activity book to accompany the broadcast.

“A Christmas Carol”

Valparaiso Theatrical Company, Valparaiso, Indiana

Streaming: 7 p.m. Dec. 14-17


Details: Valparaiso Theatrical Company will turn the classic into a radio play set in the 1940s at a New York radio station.

"A Christmas Carol: A St. Louis Virtual Holiday Reading"

Metro Theater Company, St. Louis

Streaming: Dec. 10 and 13


Details: Sterling K. Brown, Ellie Kemper, Judith Ivy, Ken Page and other St. Louis celebrities participate in Metro Theater Company's hour-long adaptation. 



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