A Christmas Carol (2019)
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A Christmas Carol (2019)
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A Christmas Carol (2019) NYC Reviews and Tickets

87%
(149 Reviews)
Positive
93%
Mixed
6%
Negative
1%
Members say
Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging, Delightful, Great acting

About the Show

After critically acclaimed runs at London’s Old Vic, Jack Thorne's adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic comes to Broadway. Directed by Matthew Warchus ("Matilda") and starring Campbell Scott as Scrooge.

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Member Reviews (149)

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1007 Reviews | 413 Followers
95
Relevant, Great singing, Entertaining, Refreshing, Delightful

See it if You want to see how they made this show matter again! It feels fresh and important. Full of joy, sorrow, fear, love, memories and sentiment.

Don't see it if You’re a big ol’ Scrooge...though that’s the perfect reason to see this show. I dare say this production could warm the coldest heart. Read more

977 Reviews | 342 Followers
69
Gimmicky, Uneven tone, Disappointing script, Superficial, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy superficial spectacle (snow! haze! flashing lights!) and don't care abt Dicken's moving tale of redemption. Lots of mod pop psych

Don't see it if you want true message of ACC; this is updated nonsense. Strange tonal choices. Anachronisms galore ("prioritze" fr 1961). Wasted potential! Read more

MJK
677 Reviews | 189 Followers
80
...goes off the rails, Delightful, Great acting, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if u want to see a refreshing, elegantly staged, moving adaptation of the classic Dickens story, starring a stirring Campbell Scott as Scrooge.

Don't see it if u can't walk away & forget the needless, disruptive, chaotic, childish, 4th-wall-breaking "feast" that mars an otherwise moving production. Read more

700 Reviews | 106 Followers
81
Delightful, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you would like to see a different version of Dicken's story. The first act is similar but the second act really takes off.

Don't see it if You like the traditional story or you want a musical. This is a drama with Xmas songs and bells, no original music. Read more

642 Reviews | 127 Followers
89
Clever, Great acting, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if Great way to start or end Christmas season. A different twist of the classic story.

Don't see it if You want the classic, or dislike the story. Read more

629 Reviews | 232 Followers
85
Resonant, Classic, Magical, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You’re in the mood for a heartfelt classic, or you want to see a remarkable staging of a play that is hardly ever reimagined.

Don't see it if You don’t care how interesting the staging is, you still don’t care to see a rehash of the same story.

499 Reviews | 728 Followers
85
Refreshing, Entertaining, Enchanting, Profound, Great staging

See it if you’re looking to boost your Christmas spirit. As you’d expect, this is a heart-warming show, but with a few unexpected twists.

Don't see it if (Can’t think of anything. Even if you’ve seen this play many times, you haven’t seen this version. It’s really beautiful.)

567 Reviews | 147 Followers
85
Delightful, Refreshing, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if Veering from ye tired olde Dickensian yule log of yore, this update is smart enough not to tamper with original themes of hearth and excess.

Don't see it if Like perennial "The Nutcracker," your nostalgic holiday spirit is to be found here (carols), with a surprising voyage into an unhappy heart.

Critic Reviews (26)

The New York Times
November 20th, 2019

CRITIC’S PICK "God Rest Ye Merry, Plutocrats: This lively reimagining of Dickens’s yuletide perennial, written by Jack Thorne, returns the story’s social conscience to center stage."
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Time Out New York
November 20th, 2019

3/5 Stars: "At the Old Vic in London...the show is staged in the round. Perhaps it is more effective in that form; at the Lyceum...the festivity has a faint sense of effort...This 'A Christmas Carol' has many lovely moments and atmosphere aplenty. What it lacks, just a little, is cheer."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
November 20th, 2019

"'A Christmas Carol' Gets a Cute Scrooge With Daddy Issues"
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The Hollywood Reporter
November 20th, 2019

"Campbell Scott stars as Ebenezer Scrooge in Jack Thorne's moving adaptation of the Charles Dickens holiday classic, with Tony winners Andrea Martin and LaChanze as the Ghosts of Christmas Past and Present."
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Entertainment Weekly
November 20th, 2019

Grade: B+ "A Christmas Carol on Broadway is dreary and delightful, as Dickens intended it to be:"
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Variety
November 20th, 2019

"This Brit import rewrites Dickens and gets a 'Bah Humbug!'"
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The Wall Street Journal
December 5th, 2019

"A Cold-Weather Favorite Loses Its Chills"
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The Observer
November 20th, 2019

"Playwright Jack Thorne's version of the Victorian classic comes to Broadway, doling out joy and dourness in equal measure."
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