2020/2021 Season

Charles Dickens’
A Christmas Carol

World Premiere Live Capture | Streaming now through January 3

Starring Jefferson Mays | Adapted by Jefferson Mays, Susan Lyons, Michael Arden

Production Conceived by Michael Arden & Dane Laffrey | Directed by Michael Arden

$50 per household + fees | Approx. 100 min run time

Please consider adding on a year-end donation to support Playhouse education and military programs. Add $75 onto your ticket and receive a signature La Jolla Playhouse mug.

Experience A Christmas Carol unlike any other—past, present or future. The timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge comes to thrilling new life as Tony Award® winner Jefferson Mays (I Am My Own Wife, Gentleman’s Guide…) plays over 50 roles in a virtuosic, master class of a performance that must be seen to be believed. This theatrical achievement comes from the haunting vision of one of Broadway’s most imaginative directors, Michael Arden (Tony-winning Best Revival – Once on this Island).

La Jolla Playhouse subscribers were the first to see Jefferson Mays’ brilliant performance in the Page To Stage production of I Am My Own Wife in 2001, which went on to win the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award, while Jefferson took home the Tony for Best Actor for his stunning portrayal of over 40 characters. And who can forget the incomparable Michael Arden as Quasimodo in our production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Another beloved Playhouse alum, Tony Award winner Nikki James (The Wiz), joins Jefferson and Michael as Assistant Director.

A TOUR DE FORCE. Jefferson Mays is astonishing in Michael Arden’s riveting film rendering.”
– The New York Times » Read Jesse Green’s glowing review here

“Dickens’ ‘Carol’ stunningly reimagined in new streaming play”
– The San Diego Union-Tribune » Read more

“Brilliant new adaptation…Tony Award-winner Jefferson Mays delivers it to perfection in a solo tour-de-force performance.”
– DC Metro Arts

“Mays can cast his rapt spell over a thousand souls brought together for a shared experience of live and perpetual enchantment.”
– NY Stage Review

“A remarkable feat of versatility and storytelling”
– Theatre Talk Boston

A towering achievement! You’ve seen it before, but not like this. A personal best for Jefferson Mays. He delivers an epic performance embodying 50 characters.”
– The Hollywood Reporter

For true theater lovers, there can be no better gift this season. Jefferson Mays is a rare gem and Michael Arden is ingenious.”
– Los Angeles Times

“A most excellent show! What a pleasure to watch Jefferson Mays.
– Variety

How It Works

  1. Purchase a ticket from On the Stage streaming through our La Jolla Playhouse website portal. A portion of your ticket will benefit La Jolla Playhouse.
  2. You’ll receive an email from On the Stage with your viewing link.
  3. Beginning November 28 at 9pm ET / 6pm PT, when you’re ready, you’ll have 24 hours to watch your performance after activating your link.
  4. Performance can be watched on any device or cast to your TV.
  5. A Christmas Carol is available for unlimited viewings within a 24-hour period, on or after the opening stream date of November 28, 2020.

PLEASE NOTE: This is not a La Jolla Playhouse production. We do not have control over ticketing and we are not responsible for the delivery of streaming content. On The Stage is the streaming company for this show, and will be donating a portion of sales to La Jolla Playhouse and their other partners to support non-profit theaters during the pandemic. All sales are final, no refunds.

» Read the Frequently Asked Questions at On the Stage.

Worldwide Digital Lottery for A Christmas Carol

Each day, the A Christmas Carol lottery will offer $15 tickets to 10 randomly selected winners. The lottery will open daily at 12:00 AM ET and close at 11:59 PM ET. Winners will be notified via email the following morning at 11:00 AM ET and will be able to purchase at any time that day. Entry is open to anyone with a valid email address; limit one entry per person per day. To enter, please visit AChristmasCarolLive.com/lottery for more information.

Creative Team

Jefferson MaysJefferson Mays
Susan LyonsSusan Lyons
Michael ArdenMichael Arden
Nikki M. JamesNikki M. James
Assistant Director
Maceo BishopMaceo Bishop
Director of Photography
Dane LaffreyDane Laffrey
Scenic & Costume Designer
Matt IacozzaMatt Iacozza
Associate Scenic Designer
Sarafina BushSarafina Bush
Associate Costume Designer
Ben StantonBen Stanton
Lighting Designer
Alejandro FajardoAlejandro Fajardo
Associate Lighting Designer
Jocelyn GirigorieJocelyn Girigorie
Assistant Lighting Designer
Lucy MackinnonLucy Mackinnon
Projection Designer
Brian McMullandBrian McMulland
Associate Projection Designer
Joshua D. ReidJoshua D. Reid
Sound Designer
Daniel LundbergDaniel Lundberg
Associate Sound Designer
D.J. PottsD.J. Potts
Assistant Sound Designer
Cookie JordanCookie Jordan
Wig & Make-Up Designer
James OrtizJames Ortiz
Puppet Designer

» Click to read full Creative Team bios

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