Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol
An Original Adaptation by Anthony Lawton
In Collaboration with Christopher Colucci and Thom Weaver
December 13, 2018 – January 6, 2019
In this wonderfully clear and direct telling of Charles Dickens' novella, acclaimed playwright and actor Anthony Lawton brings the story boldly to life as only live theater can. Come rediscover Dickens' story of a miser's miraculous redemption from a life of bitterness, greed, and isolation. Lawton is well known to Philadelphia audiences for his original works The Light Princess and The Foocy as well as his adaptations of C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters and The Great Divorce. In this heartwarming holiday story, Lawton shows his mastery of theatrical narrative, playing all the roles in a solo tour de force.
This production is best enjoyed by ages 8 to 98.
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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
"You might think another Christmas Carol is the last thing you need to see. Well, dear readers, think again. 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. I have to imagine that Dickens – one of the greatest plot-weavers of all time – would be proud." –Broad Street Review more
"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
"A fresh, new look at A Christmas Carol at Lantern Theater Co." –WHYY News more
"Anthony Lawton, co-creator and storyteller, is nothing short of brilliant! Ring in your holiday with this exceptional presentation." –Beyond My Backyard more
Header Photo: Geneviêve Perrier and Charlie DelMarcelle in A Child's Christmas in Wales (2014); Kittson O'Neill, Maxwell Eddy, and Alex Boyle in Arcadia (2014); Damon Bonetti, Daniel Fredrick, and Dave Johnson in The Hound of the Baskervilles (2015); and Kirk Wendell Brown and Peter DeLaurier in The Train Driver (2014). Photos by Mark Garvin.