A CHRISTMAS CAROL Arrives at the Lyceum This Holiday Season

August 13, 2019







as Ebenezer Scrooge





August 13, 2019 – The holiday masterpiece, A Christmas Carol, comes to Broadway this holiday season for eight weeks only following critically acclaimed runs at London’s Old Vic. Two visionary talents, playwright Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) and director Matthew Warchus (Matilda), offer a magical new interpretation of Charles Dickens’ classic story, starring Campbell Scott (“House of Cards,” Dying Young) as Ebenezer Scrooge. Beginning previews on Thursday, November 7 at the Lyceum Theatre (149 West 45th Street), with the opening night set for Wednesday, November 20, A Christmas Carol will play a strictly limited engagement through Sunday, January 5, 2020 only.

A Christmas Carol will be produced on Broadway by Tom Smedes, Heather Shields, ShowTown Productions, and Catherine Schreiber.

This timeless — and timely — tale of redemption welcomes theatergoers of all ages into an immersive experience that’s brimming with Christmas spirit. It’s “a stunning piece of visual theatre” (Time Out) that features dazzling staging, moving storytelling and 12 of the most cherished Christmas carols, including “Joy to the World,” “Silent Night,” and “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear.”

A Christmas Carol will feature scenic and costume design by Tony Award‐winner Rob Howell (The Ferryman, Matilda), music and arrangements by Tony Award nominee Christopher Nightingale (Groundhog Day, Matilda), lighting design by Tony Award‐winner Hugh Vanstone (Hillary and Clinton, Matilda), and sound design by Tony Award nominee Simon Baker (Girl from the North Country, Matilda).


CAMPBELL SCOTT (Ebenezer Scrooge) will next be seen starring in Netflix’s upcoming series Soundtrack from executive producer Joshua Safran. Scott was also seen as a series regular on Netflix’s flagship series House of Cards. Previously, he starred on Broadway in the Roundabout Theater Company’s revival of Noises Off. Scott’s film career began with the highly praised Longtime Companion and Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Sheltering Sky. More recent film credits include; Dead Again, Dying Young, Singles, Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, Big Night, The Daytrippers, Hi‐Life, Spring Forward, Lush, Roger Dodger, Loverboy, Duma, The Secret Lives of Dentists, The Dying Gaul, Music and Lyrics and The Amazing Spiderman reboots. Numerous television credits include Dietland, Lore, Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, Royal Pains, Damages, Six Degrees and The American Experience. Mr. Scott starred in, codirected and produced Hamlet for the Odyssey Network. He also starred in The Kennedys of Massachusetts as Joseph Kennedy, Jr, and in Sweeney Todd for Showtime. On Broadway Campbell starred Long Day’s Journey into Night with Jason Robards and Colleen Dewhurst, Ah! Wilderness, and Hay Fever. Off‐Broadway, Campbell appeared in The Atheist (Drama Desk Nomination), Measure for Measure, A Man for All Seasons and On the Bum.

MATTHEW WARCHUS (Director). Theatre includes: Present Laughter, A Christmas Carol, ‘Art’, The Caretaker, The Master Builder, Future Conditional, Speed‐the‐Plow (The Old Vic); Groundhog Day (The Old Vic/Broadway); Matilda The Musical (RSC/West End/Broadway/international Tour); Ghost The Musical, La Bête (West End/Broadway); Deathtrap (West End); The Norman Conquests (The Old Vic/Broadway); God of Carnage (West End/Broadway); Boeing‐Boeing (West End/Broadway/UK tour); The Lord of the Rings (also co‐writer, Toronto/West End); Buried Child (National Theatre); Endgame (West End); Our House (West End); Follies (Broadway); Life x 3 (National Theatre/The Old Vic/Broadway); True West (Donmar/Broadway); The Unexpected Man (RSC/West End/Broadway); ‘Art’ (Broadway/West End/Los Angeles); Hamlet, Henry V (RSC); Volpone (National Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing (West End); Betrayal, Death of a Salesman, The Plough and the Stars, Fiddler on the Roof, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (West Yorkshire Playhouse). Opera includes: Falstaff, Così Fan Tutte (ENO); The Rake’s Progress (ROH/WNO). Film includes: Pride — BIFA Best British Independent Film and Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy, Simpatico. Matthew was an Associate Director at the Leeds Playhouse and Artistic Associate at The Old Vic before being appointed Artistic Director of the theatre in 2014.

JACK THORNE (Adapter). Theatre includes: Woyzeck (The Old Vic); Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (West End/Broadway); Mydidae (Soho/West End); Stacy (Tron/Arcola/West End); Let the Right One In (West End/Dundee Rep/Royal Court); Junkyard (UK tour); The Solid Life of Sugarwater (Graeae/National Theatre/UK tour); Hope (Royal Court); Bunny (Nabokov/UK tour/New York); Stuart: A Life Backwards (Sheffield Crucible/UK tour). Television includes: Kiri, National Treasure, The Last Panthers, Don’t Take My Baby, This Is England, The Fades, Glue, Cast‐Offs. Film includes: Wonder, War Book, A Long Way Down, The Scouting Book for Boys. Jack’s work for television has won him five BAFTAs and an RTS Television Award.

THE OLD VIC aims to be surprising, unpredictable, ground‐breaking, rule‐breaking, independent, accessible and uplifting. Today, Artistic Director Matthew Warchus is building on 200 years of creative adventure. The Old Vic is a not‐for‐profit theatre operating a breakeven budget in a historic, Grade II* listed building with the help of £3.9 million of philanthropic support every year from our generous supporters. We produce and present five to seven diverse productions every Season, enhanced by a vibrant programme of One Voice monologues, Voices Off talks, Lates and day‐time events for Families. Off stage we engage with over 10,000 people a year from across the UK through our award‐winning education, employability and community work. We hold the belief that theatre needs to be supported and shared by as many people as possible. Our 1,000 seats are yours from £10 a ticket. Our productions are adventurous, new, epic, exciting. Our Education and Talent programmes allow students to explore and artists of tomorrow to create. Our building is open and alive day and night. Our theatre is yours.

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