A Christmas Carol
3​​​9th Annual Production
by Charles Dickens
adapted by Jerry Patch
directed by John-David Keller
SEGERSTROM STAGE
November 24, 2018 - December 24, 2018

A Christmas Carol

Nineteenth-century London comes to life when your family joins the SCR family for the holidays. Recapture the spirit of an old-fashioned Christmas with this timeless Dickens classic and all your favorite characters—Tiny Tim and the Cratchit family, the Fezziwigs, the Ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet-to-come—and, as always, Hal Landon Jr. as everyone's favorite curmudgeon, Ebenezer Scrooge (“The quintessential Ebenezer Scrooge!” according to the Daily Pilot).

Low-Priced Previews: November 2​​​​4​-​29, 201​​​8
Regular Performances: ​November ​30 - December 24, 201​​​8

Advisory: Children under the age of six will not be admitted to A Christmas Carol. This show contains smoke and fog effects.

Recommendation: Ages 6 and up. No children under age six will be admitted to A Christmas Carol. Everyone—regardless of age—must have a ticket, sit in a seat and be able to sit quietly through the performance.

Running Time: Approximately two hours including one 15-minute intermission.

Charles Dickens (Author) was born in Portsmouth, England, and spent most of his childhood in London and Kent. His first novel, The Pickwick Papers (1836-37), was published in monthly serial installments and became an instant hit. In 1843, he published A Christmas Carol, one of the most popular Christmas stories of all time. Dickens was a prolific writer, and critics regard his later works as his finest. Some of these include Bleak House (1852-53), Great Expectations (1860-61), Oliver Twist (1837-39), and A Tale of Two Cities (1859). Dickens is buried in Westminster Abbey.

Jerry Patch (Adaptor) was affiliated with SCR between 1967-2005 and returned in 2014 as literary consultant. He served as dramaturg on nearly 150 new plays developed and seen at SCR including the world premieres of Abundance, Freedomland, Golden Child, Intimate Apparel, Search and Destroy, Three Days of Rain and Wit. He was project director of SCR’s Pacific Playwrights Festival from its 1998 inception through 2005; for seven years, he served as artistic director of the theatre program of Sundance Institute. As a professor of theatre and film, he taught at Long Beach City College, UC Irvine, UC San Diego, CSU Long Beach and other institutions. He was consulting dramaturg for New York’s Roundabout Theatre Company for nearly a decade and left SCR to become resident artistic director for The Old Globe in San Diego. He is an artistic consultant, following seven seasons as director of artistic development, for Manhattan Theatre Club in New York. 

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Hal Landon Jr., Liam McHugh, Nika Natalie Aydin, Daniel Blinkoff, Jillian Tabone, Jennifer Parsons and Grace O'Brien in the 2013 production of A Christmas Carol. Photo by Jim Cox.
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James MacEwan, Hal Landon Jr., Timothy Landfield, Richard Doyle and Gregg Daniel in the 2013 production of A Christmas Carol. Photo by Jim Cox
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James MacEwan, Richard Doyle, Hal Landon Jr., Gregg Daniel and Timothy Landfield in the 2013 production of A Christmas Carol. Photo by Jim Cox.
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Jaden Fogel, Hal Landon Jr., Liam McHugh, Nika Natalie Aydin, Daniel Blinkoff, Jillian Tabone, Grace O'Brien and Jennifer Parsons in the 2013 production of A Christmas Carol. Photo by Jim Cox.
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Liam McHugh, Daniel Blinkoff, Nika Natalie Aydin, Jennifer Parsons, Jillian Tabone and Grace O'Brien in the 2013 production of A Christmas Carol. Photo by Jim Cox.
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The cast of South Coast Repertory's 2013 production of A Christmas Carol. Photo by Jim Cox.
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Cast of A Christmas CarolTaking A Christmas Carol From Page to Stage

Nearly 40 years ago, Jerry Patch spent his summer near the beach writing about Victorian England. SCR’s then-resident dramaturg was adapting Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol for the stage.

Audition Process for A Christmas CarolKids Learn the Audition Process for Coveted Roles in A Christmas Carol

SCR’s production of A Christmas Carol offers eight roles for children that are double cast, so 16 lucky kids have an opportunity to perform in this beloved holiday classic. ​


HONORARY PRODUCERS
Julianne and George Argyros/Argyros Family Foundation

 
Events for ​A Christmas Carol