Past, Present and Yet To Come: 5 ways to enjoy ‘A Christmas Carol’ in 2020

Past, Present and Yet To Come: 5 ways to enjoy ‘A Christmas Carol’ in 2020

Looking for a way to enjoy Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”? Watch these five performances from wherever you may stream.

“A Christmas Carol” at the Merchant’s House
Performances through Dec. 24

Travel back 150 years in the Merchant’s House period interpretation of Charles Dickens’ classic holiday ghost story. The affair, staged within the 1832 dwelling on East 4th St. in Manhattan, is set against a backdrop of seasonal decorations (think flickering candles, garland and holly).

“A Christmas Carol”
Performances through Dec. 24

Coming at you from the Old Vic theater in London, Matthew Warchus’ vision of “A Christmas Carol” stars Andrew Lincoln as Ebenezer Scrooge and was adapted for an online format by Jack Thorne.

Manual Cinema’s “Christmas Carol”
Streaming through Dec. 31

Are you communing with loved ones over Zoom this holiday season? Do you like puppets? If you answered “Yes!” to either of those questions, then Manual Cinema has a show for you. Set in a Chicago apartment, a widow recreates her late husband’s annual “Christmas Carol” puppet show for family members over Zoom.

The production is performed live from the Manual Cinema studio and features hundreds of paper puppets, miniatures and an original score.

Scrooge in Manual Cinema's "A Christmas Carol." Image: Manual Cinema.
Scrooge in Manual Cinema’s “A Christmas Carol.” Image: Manual Cinema.

“A Christmas Carol — An Audio Play”
Performances through Dec. 31

If you’d rather listen than watch, the Goodman Theatre in Chicago is streaming an audio interpretation of “A Christmas Carol” for all to hear. Larry Yando stars and Ebenezer Scrooge.

“A Christmas Carol in Harlem”
Now Streaming

To recreate that theater feeling, might we suggest making an evening of a live-captured performance? The Classical Theatre of Harlem is now streaming its “A Christmas Carol in Harlem” in full, with the recording clocking in at just over an hour. A contemporary staging of the tale, this production casts Ebenezer Scrooge as a real estate mogul who built his wealth at the expense of the community.