2023/24 Season – 30th Anniversary
CHARLES DICKENS' A CHRISTMAS CAROL
An Original Adaptation by Anthony Lawton
In Collaboration with
Christopher Colucci and Thom Weaver
Presented in Association with Mirror Theatre Company
December 2 – 27, 2023
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 miser's miraculous redemption from a life of bitterness, greed, and isolation. Back by popular demand for its sixth year, this heartwarming adaptation has captured the hearts of theater critics and audiences alike, inspiring a new Philadelphia holiday tradition.
"Electrifying!" –The Wall Street Journal
"A 95-minute masterpiece... brilliantly performed and staged." –The Philadelphia Inquirer
Approximately 95 minutes with no intermission
Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol will be performed at the fully accessible Drake Theatre, which is conveniently located at 302 S. Hicks Street in Center City Philadelphia. Directions & parking»
Best enjoyed by ages 9-99, but not appropriate for young children. This original adaption features Anthony Lawton in a virtuoso solo performance, and the script is a sophisticated adaption of Dickens' text. We request that children under the age of 8 not be included in your party.
Health & Safety
Face masks are welcome, but not required.
Unable join us in person or simply prefer to watch from home? Tickets for our professionally filmed, edited, and captioned version of A Christmas Carol will be available in mid-December. For the latest updates, make sure you're on our email list.
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Anthony Lawton as the Storyteller
Anthony Lawton, Co-Creator • Christopher Colucci, Co-Creator / Sound Designer • Thom Weaver, Co-Creator / Scenic & Lighting Designer • Kierceton Keller, Costume Designer
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
Header Photo: Lawrence Stallings in the world premiere of Me and the Devil (2021); Anthony Lawton and Dave Johnson in Travesties (2022); Melissa Rakiro and Joanna Liao in Twelfth Night (2023); and Paul L. Nolan, Sally Mercer, and Charles McMahon in Copenhagen (2018). Photos by Mark Garvin.
Lantern Theater Company acknowledges that it is situated on Lenapehoking, the ancestral and spiritual homeland of the Unami Lenape, and we pay respect to them as this region's original storytellers.