- $10 for one ticket to A Very Victorian Christmas Carol, Done like Dickens! (up to a $20.31 value)
- When: Saturday, December 14, at 2 p.m.
- Where: OMNI Parker House Hotel
- Seating: general admission
- Door time: 1:30 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
A Very Victorian Christmas Carol, Done like Dickens!
In Charles Dickens’s timeless Yuletide ghost story, an inveterate miser discovers there is more to the holiday season than making up words such as “humbug.” It's Christmas Eve, and Ebenezer Scrooge thinks his sole concession to the spirit of generosity—grudgingly giving his long-suffering clerk Bob Cratchit tomorrow off with pay—will be the day's only unpleasant event. But that's before the shade of his deceased partner, Jacob Marley, drops by wearing a preview of the chains Scrooge himself has forged through a lifetime of greed. Three other spirits soon follow and whisk Scrooge on a journey through time, where he reflects on a love lost with the Ghost of Christmas Past, peeks in on the present-day poverty—and good cheer—of the Cratchit house with the Ghost of Christmas Present, and quakes before the horror of dying alone and unloved with the Ghost of Christmas Future. Like most high-school calculus tests, it all ends up being a dream, giving Scrooge one last chance to redeem himself and save Tiny Tim.
A Christmas Carol was first published in 1843 to instant critical acclaim and has since been adapted into hundreds of versions that include musicals, modernized retellings, parodies, and even steampunk reimaginings. In this version, actor Al LePage recreates himself as Englishman Thomas Hutchinson, who in turn plays all 26 characters in the script. Through shifts in mannerisms, accents, and levels of ectoplasm, LePage/Hutchinson pays homage to the first public reading of the novel, which was performed solely by Dickens himself. During the one-man show, he may even call audience members on stage to banter and give them gifts. Attendees can also interact with LePage beforehand, when he tells stories in character, and shares mince tarts and spiced cider with the crowd.
Relive history at the same spot where, almost 150 years ago, Charles Dickens performed the first American reading of A Christmas Carol. In 1867, The Parker House, an earlier version of today's Omni Parker House Hotel, was the first stop on the legendary author's American reading tour. On that snowy winter night, at a sold-out show, he regaled the audience with the classic tale that the New York Times described as "Success beyond description or exaggeration."