A Christmas Carol, the traditional tale by Charles Dickens, has been told and re-told in so many different incarnations over the years, but the message and the story seem to never grow old.
The Guthrie Theater’s adaptation by Crispin Whittell retains that timeless quality, while throwing in a few musical numbers, and a contemporary reference or two that will resonate with those up on their current events. The set is magical and the costumes are ornate and beautiful.
Veteran Guthrie actor, J.C. Cutler, is on stage for nearly the entire production, yet manages to effortlessly hold the audience through his portrayal of the transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge from mean-spirited miser to jovial benefactor.
Other standout performances include John Catron, who plays Scrooge’s nephew, Fred with an enthusiasm reminiscent of Kenneth Branagh as Professor Gilderoy Lockhart in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and Angela Timberman, as Scrooge’s scene-stealing housekeeper, Merriweather.
A Christmas Carol at The Guthrie runs now through December 30 on the Wurtele Thrust Stage, an intimate setting without a bad seat in the house. Tickets are $45.00 to $73.00 and can be ordered online or by phone at (612) 377-2224 or toll free 1-877-44STAGE.
The Guthrie Theater
818 South 2nd Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Children under 5 will not be admitted to the theater, and all children must be accompanied by an adult.
The Guthrie Theater, founded in 1963, is an American center for theater performance, production, education and professional training. By presenting both classical literature and new work from diverse cultures, the Guthrie illuminates the common humanity connecting Minnesota to the peoples of the world.