A Christmas Carol

By Charles Dickens

Adapted by Howard Dallin

Marx Theatre | Nov. 23 - Dec. 31, 2016

Directed by Michael Evan Haney

Your favorite holiday tradition. Or your chance to make a new one.
The Playhouse's version of A Christmas Carol combines faithful storytelling with spellbinding stage magic to bring to life its familiar story of a sinner given one last chance at redemption by four persuasive ghosts. Ebenezer Scrooge undergoes a miraculous Christmas Eve transformation as he views with new eyes his past, present and the possibilities of the future. As he witnesses all those who have improved his life — his first love Belle, his kindhearted employer Fezziwig, his nephew Fred and his heartily abused clerk Bob Cratchit — he realizes that it's never too late to change his miserly ways. A Christmas Carol's heartwarming message, hundreds of costumes and thrilling special effects help to make the show one of the Playhouse's most popular productions each year.

"For my money, there's no better local holiday entertainment." – The Cincinnati Enquirer

Advisory: A Christmas Carol is suitable for all general audiences, including children ages 5 and older. Due to the full-length nature of the show, children younger than 5 cannot be admitted. Please contact the Box Office if you have questions or require additional information.

Running Time: The show runs approximately 2 hours and 5 minutes, including one intermission.



Production Sponsor

Additional Support

The Stona Fitch Family

Season Sponsor & Design Sponsor

Season Sponsor of New Work

The Lois and Richard Rosenthal Foundation

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Holiday Traditions

Prologue, October 2016

The Playhouse’s 26th annual production of A Christmas Carol combines faithful storytelling with spellbinding stage magic. We follow Ebenezer Scrooge as he undergoes a miraculous Christmas Eve transformation — viewing with new eyes his past, present and the possibilities of the future.

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Preview Performances

Nov. 23, 2016, at 7 p.m.

Be among the first to see the show before opening night and save! Preview performance tickets are discounted and begin at just $35. Not valid with other discounts.

Opening Night

Nov. 25, 2016, at 7 p.m.

Share the excitement of Thursday opening nights with a lively post-show cast party with complimentary hors d'oeuvres by Vonderhaar's Catering.

21st Annual Blood Drive

Saturday, Nov. 19
8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
in the Playhouse's Rosenthal Plaza

The Playhouse is teaming once again with Hoxworth Blood Center for our 21st annual blood drive on Saturday, Nov. 19. For donating blood that day, you will receive half-price tickets good for select performances of A Christmas Carol and Little Shop of Horrors. Donors are strongly encouraged to make an appointment in advance, as appointment times are limited. To schedule your appointment, visit www.hoxworth.org/groups/playhouse.

Half-price vouchers are good for the following performances:

A Christmas Carol
Wednesday, Nov. 23, 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 25, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 26, 2 p.m. or 7 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 27, 2 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 1,  7 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 2, 7 p.m.

Little Shop of Horrors
Sunday, Jan. 22, 2 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 24, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 27, 8 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 29, 2 p.m. or 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 2, 7:30 p.m.

Special ticket offer not valid with other discounts, including child and teen tickets. Limit four per person, per production. Offer only good on performance dates listed above. Valid for Price Zone 2 and 3 section seating only. Tickets are subject to availability. Terms subject to change. Offer expires Dec. 31.

Cratchit Family Food Drive

Help give back this holiday season by participating in the Playhouse's Cratchit Family Food Drive for the Freestore Foodbank. To donate, simply bring a non-perishable food or personal care item to the Playhouse when you come for a performance in November or December and place it in one of the barrels located near the Box Office.

Food items that are always in demand include canned meat products (including tuna, chicken, ham, spaghetti with meatballs, chili with meat and beans or beef stew); canned vegetables, fruits and soups; peanut butter; and macaroni and cheese. Personal care items, including soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products and disposable diapers, are also needed. Please, no glass items.

Character Crew

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati and The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati are joining together once again to bring beloved characters to life across the Tristate with a number of special holiday appearances beginning Nov. 12.

Characters from Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s 26th annual production of A Christmas Carol, presented by U.S. Bank; Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati’s world premiere production of the musical Cinderella: After Ever After, sponsored by Macy’s; and The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s holiday production of Elf The Musical JR., also sponsored by Macy’s, will spread holiday cheer at events around the city from mid-November through Nov. 27.

The Character Crew will make appearances at the following holiday attractions:

Saturday, Nov. 12 (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.): Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market, Duke Energy Convention Center
Friday, Nov. 18 (5 to 7 p.m.): Festival of Lights Members’ Preview, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
Saturday, Nov. 19 (9 a.m. to noon): Cincinnati Pops Family Lollipops Concert, Taft Theatre (The CSO’s Tempo the Penguin character will also make an appearance at this event)
Saturday, Nov. 19 (2 to 4 p.m.): Crafty Supermarket, University of Cincinnati Recreation Center
Friday, Nov. 25 (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.): Tree Lighting and Santa Arrival, Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal
Saturday, Nov. 26 (5:30 to 7 p.m.): Macy’s Downtown Dazzle, Fountain Square
Sunday, Nov. 27 (noon to 2 p.m.): Winterfair, Northern Kentucky Convention Center


A Christmas Carol



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