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CHARLES DICKENS' A CHRISTMAS CAROL
An Original Adaptation by Anthony Lawton
In Collaboration with Christopher Colucci and Thom Weaver
Presented in partnership with Mirror Theatre Company
STREAMING ON DEMAND
December 4 - 27, 2020
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"A 95-MINUTE MASTERPIECE. BRILLIANTLY PERFORMED."
–The Philadelphia Inquirer
In this wonderfully clear and direct telling of Charles Dickens' beloved novella, acclaimed playwright and actor Anthony Lawton brings the story boldly to life with drama and frankness, in a manner Dickens himself would recognize from his dramatic readings during his own lifetime. Lawton's compelling solo performance brings each character to life in a masterful combination of literature, theater, and film. Rediscover this timeless story of a miser's miraculous redemption from a life of bitterness, greed, and isolation. Now in its third year and reimagined for film, this heartwarming adaptation has captured the hearts of theater critics and audiences alike, inspiring a new Philadelphia holiday tradition. Best enjoyed by ages 9-99.
A Christmas Carol was filmed at St. Stephen's Theater in Center City Philadelphia in September 2020, with strict adherence to all CDC, state, and local health and safety guidelines.
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Artist Interview: The Creative Team of A CHRISTMAS CAROL
A discussion with the co-creators about this year's transition from stage to screen
Charles Dickens and A CHRISTMAS CAROL
The fascinating circumstances surrounding the writing of the quintessential holiday classic
Why Dickens Needed to "Invent" Christmas
Victorian literature scholar Michael Brooks on A CHRISTMAS CAROL: the story, the holiday, and the social conditions of the time
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Anthony Lawton as the Storyteller
THE CREATIVE TEAM
Anthony Lawton, Co-Creator • Christopher Colucci, Co-Creator / Sound Designer • Thom Weaver, Co-Creator / Scenic & Lighting Designer • Kierceton Keller, Costume Designer • Lydia Stahl, Stage Manager
NEWS & REVIEWS
"A 95-minute masterpiece. Brilliantly performed and staged... The program notes remind us that [Dickens] used to perform his own solo adaptations of A Christmas Carol to appreciative spectators. Lawton is a worthy heir to this tradition, leaving the audience teary-eyed and prompting one woman to gasp: 'Oh, gosh. That was absolutely wonderful.'" –The Philadelphia Inquirer more
"Lantern Theater Company's one-person adaptation – devised by actor Anthony Lawton, set and lighting maven Thom Weaver, and sound designer Christopher Colucci – blows the dust off the familiar Dickens tale, revealing fresh, invigorating layers of meaning. It privileges simple storytelling, with a clear intent and a strong message, in the hands of a first-rate performer." –Broad Street Review more
"Anthony Lawton's A Christmas Carol is this year's holiday must-see. Marvelous, even revelatory... Takes a familiar story that time and acquaintance have rendered perilously close to kitsch and brings it electrifyingly to life. God bless us, every one! But especially Tony Lawton, who has given Philadelphia a gorgeous holiday gift – one that I hope returns year after year." –Reclining Standards more
"Great theater. Stripped down to its most fundamental elements...Dickens' classic story is dark and unexpectedly wrenching. In the end it is Lawton's ability to reveal so much about a story we thought we knew so well that makes this production...remarkable." –Talkin' Broadway more
Header Photo: Paul L. Nolan, Sally Mercer, and Charles McMahon in Copenhagen (2018); Charlie DelMarcelle, Anthony Lawton, Jered McLenigan, and Brian Anthony Wilson in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (2019); Anthony Lawton and Paul L. Nolan in The Craftsman (2017); and Bi Jean Ngo and Peter DeLaurier in The Tempest (2018). Photos by Mark Garvin.