Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’

December 8 - 22, 2024

Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre

Adaption by Steve Wargo with Musical Arrangements by Dianne Adams MacDowell

Directed By Steven Maler with Musical Direction By Dan Rodriguez

Journey back to Victorian England and experience Dickens’ heart-warming classic story brought to brilliant life! Commonwealth Shakespeare Company brings a dazzling new production of Dickens’ timeless tale to the Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre. Ebenezer Scrooge (Will Lyman, “The Most Interesting Man in the World” and CSC’s King Lear), the infamous miser, is shown the error of his ways and reformed by spirits in one transformative night, discovering the true meaning of the holiday season.

In this spectacular adaptation of the iconic tale by award-winning writer/director Steve Wargo, Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ is infused with carols from Dickens’ era in lush arrangements by Dianne Adams MacDowell (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Starmites). Directed by CSC’s Founding Artistic Director Steven Maler and Music Directed by Dan Rodriguez, this new holiday tradition is sure to bring joy to audiences of all ages!

 Summer presale begins on Tuesday, July 16th in conjunction with performances of The Winter’s Tale on Boston Common. Presale ticket buyers will receive 20% off advertised single ticket pricing, and individual seats will be assigned prior to the launch of single ticket sales.

Single ticket sales will begin in October, with balcony and mezzanine tickets starting at $20 and orchestra tickets starting at $60 ($15 for youth/student tickets). Premium seating starts at $150.

Foundational support for Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ is generously provided by Christy and Jay Cashman. 

Cast

Will Lyman
Scrooge

Will Lyman – Commonwealth Shakespeare Company: King Lear, Claudius, Prospero, Brutus. Off Broadway: Man in Snow, The Passion of Dracula, The Novelist, The Grinding Machine. The Huntington: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, All My Sons, Dead End. New Repertory Theatre: Long Day’s Journey into Night, Dollhouse, The Clean House, The Ice-Breaker. The Nora@Central Square Theater: Operation Epsilon, Equus. Boston Playwrights’ Theatre: Windowmen, The Oil Thief, King of the Jews. Gamm Theatre: Celebration. Film: “Little Children,” “Mystic River,” “The Siege,” “A Perfect Murder,” “Welcome to the Dollhouse,” “The Arborist,” and “Mother/Android.” TV: “Commander-in-Chief,” “Threat Matrix,” “Hull High,” “Crossbow,” and long-time narrator of public affairs program “Frontline” (PBS). Awards: multiple Elliot Norton and IRNE awards, Howard Keel Award for service to the Screen Actors Guild.

Creative Team

Steven Maler
Director

Steven Maler is the Founding Artistic Director of Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC). At CSC he has been directing Free Shakespeare on the Boston Common productions since 1996, including Richard III, Love’s Labour’s Lost, King Lear, Twelfth Night, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Coriolanus, All’s Well That Ends Well, Othello, The Comedy Of Errors, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth, Henry V, The Tempest, Julius Caesar, and Romeo & Juliet. Other CSC works include his critically acclaimed production of Naomi Wallace’s adaptation of William Wharton’s novel Birdy, Ariel Dorfman’s Death and the Maiden, the world premiere of Jake Broder’s Our American Hamlet, and the world premiere of Robert Brustein’s The Last Will.  In collaboration with Boston Landmarks Orchestra, he directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream, featuring the Overture and Incidental Music of Felix Mendelssohn, as well as concert stagings of The Boys from Syracuse and Kiss Me Kate at Boston’s iconic Hatch Shell.  For CSC he has also directed one-night-only readings of iconic plays featuring Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Paul Rudd, Anthony Mackie, Blair Brown, Tony Shalhoub, Brooke Adams, Leslie Uggams, David Morse, and Jeffrey Donovan among others.  He conceived and directed Shakespeare at Fenway, an evening of Shakespeare scenes performed at Boston’s iconic Fenway Park, featuring Mike O’Malley, Neal McDonough, Maryann Plunkett, Jay O. Sanders, Kerry O’Malley, Seth Gilliam, Zuzanna Szadkowski, Max Von Essen, Christian Coulson, Jason Butler Harner, and many others.

In collaboration with Google, he adapted and directed a first of its kind sixty minute virtual reality film of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, entitled Hamlet 360: Thy Father’s Spirit, starring Jack Cutmore-Scott, Jay O. Sanders, Brooke Adams, and Faran Tahir.  It is currently available for viewing on Boston public media producer GBH’s YouTube channel; for more information, visit www.wgbh.org/hamlet360.

Outside of CSC, he directed Maria, Regina D’Inghilterra for Odyssey Opera, Péter Eötvös’ operatic treatment of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America (U.S. Premiere) and Thomas Adès’ Powder Her Face for Opera Boston, The Turn of the Screw at New Repertory Theatre, Santaland Diaries and Chay Yew’s Porcelain at SpeakEasy Stage Company, Top Girls and Weldon Rising at Coyote Theatre, and The L.A. Plays by Han Ong at A.R.T. His New York City credits include the New York Musical Theatre Festival production of Without You, written by and starring Anthony Rapp. The production has been seen in Boston, Edinburgh, Toronto, London, and Seoul.

He received the prestigious Elliot Norton Award for Sustained Excellence, as well as for Best Production for Twelfth Night and All’s Well That Ends Well; Outstanding Director, A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Best Production, SubUrbia; Best Solo Performance, John Kuntz’s Starf***ers (which also won Best Solo Performance Award at New York International Fringe Festival). His feature film “The Autumn Heart,” starring Tyne Daly and Ally Sheedy was in the Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival.


Featured Photo: "Commonwealth Shakespeare Company presents Charles Dickens’; Adaption by Steve Wargo Musical Arrangements by Dianne Adams MacDowell; Directed by Steven Maler; A New Holiday Tradition! December 8-22,2024, Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre" in text. "Will Lyman as Scrooge" in text with an image of him as Scrooge looking menacingly back at the viewer, against a blue-hued London street with magical sparks. PC: Matt McKee Photography.

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