A Christmas Carol

By Charles Dickens

Adapted by Howard Dallin

Marx Theatre | Nov. 27 - Dec. 29, 2013

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.

View a printable seating chart for A Christmas Carol.



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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Go Behind the Scenes

Prologue, October 2013

Go behind the scenes of our annual holiday tradition.

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Preview Performances

Nov. 27, 2013, 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 $30. Not valid with other discounts.

Opening Night

Nov. 29, 2013, at 7 p.m.

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

Holiday Character Crew

The Playhouse is joining with Cincinnati Ballet, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati and The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati to spread holiday cheer across the Tristate with a number of special character appearances beginning Nov. 8.

Characters from Cincinnati Ballet’s annual production of Frisch’s Presents The Nutcracker; the Playhouse's classic A Christmas Carol, presented by U.S. Bank; Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati’s holiday production of Around the World in 80 Days, sponsored by Macy’s; and The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s production of The Day Before Christmas, also sponsored by Macy’s, will come together at holiday events around the city throughout November.

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

Friday, Nov. 8 (10 a.m. to 12 p.m.):
Duke Energy Holiday Train Exhibit Ribbon Cutting, Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal

Friday, Nov. 8 (6 to 8 p.m.): Antique Christmas Celebration Event, Taft Museum of Art

Saturday, Nov. 16 (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.): Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market, Duke Energy Convention Center

Friday, Nov. 22 (6 to 9 p.m.): Festival of Lights Members’ Preview, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden

Saturday, Nov. 23 (4:30 to 5:30 p.m.): Balluminaria, Eden Park’s Mirror Lake

Tuesday, Nov. 26 (6 p.m. to 8 p.m.): Light Up the Levee, Newport on the Levee

Friday, Nov. 29 (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.): Tree Lighting and Santa Arrival, Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal

Saturday, Nov. 30 (5:45 to 7 p.m.): Macy's Downtown Dazzle, Fountain Square

Join us at one or all of these great events!

Cincinnati Holiday Traditions

The Playhouse is proud that its production of A Christmas Carol has become one of the Tristate's favorite holiday traditions over the past 23 years. How many of the city's other holiday activities do you make a part of your seasonal celebrations? Download our checklist ... and make sure to check it twice!


A Christmas Carol



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