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CHARLES DICKENS' A CHRISTMAS CAROL
An Original Adaptation by Anthony Lawton
In Collaboration with Christopher Colucci and Thom Weaver
In Association with Mirror Theatre Company
LIVE ON STAGE
December 3 - 28, 2022
"Electrifying!" –The Wall Street Journal
"A 95-minute masterpiece. Brilliantly performed and staged." –Philadelphia Inquirer
In this wonderfully clear and direct telling of Charles Dickens' beloved novella, acclaimed playwright and actor Anthony Lawton brings the story vividly to life as only live theater can. Come rediscover Dickens' timeless story of a miserís miraculous redemption from a life of bitterness, greed, and isolation. Back by popular demand, 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.
This production will be performed at The Drake Theatre, which is conveniently located at 302 S. Hicks Street in Center City Philadelphia. Directions & parking»
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MASKS, ID, AND PROOF OF VACCINATION REQUIRED
Covid-19 Update: Health & Safety Protocols
Everyone other than the actors on stage must wear properly fitted masks at all times in all parts of our venue. Thank you for your cooperation with these safety protocols that help protect you, our artists, and our staff – and help avoid performance cancellations. As of August 2022, proof of vaccination is no longer required. Any updates to these policies will be announced 30 days prior to the start of each production. more»
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FROM THE ARCHIVES Charles Dickens and A Christmas Carol
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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
NEWS & REVIEWS
"Electrifying! Mr. Lawton, who wears clown-like makeup to emphasize how absurd Scrooge's fanatical miserliness is, gives a performance that is deliberately high-strung, at times almost expressionistic (it made me think of Robin Williams at his best). Every element of the design is unobtrusive but nonetheless powerfully atmospheric... I found it electrifying, and it confirmed my determination to go see a Lantern production in person as soon as I can." –Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal more
"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.'" –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.
Lantern Theater Company respectfully acknowledges that it is situated on Lenapehoking, the ancestral and spiritual homeland of the Unami Lenape.