- $16 for one ticket to A Christmas Carol (up to $28 value)
- When: select dates, December 9–23; performances on December 14 and 21 include a post-show talk-back
- Where: Classical Theatre Company
- Seating: general admission
- Door time: 20 minutes prior to showtime
- Full offer value includes ticketing fees
A Christmas Carol
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 fanciful steampunk reimaginings. But Classical Theatre Company’s production, newly adapted by John Johnston and Matthew Keenan and directed by Phillip Hayes, places a strong emphasis upon the richness of the original text. Dickens’s playful sense of language survives in such lines as “There’s more of gravy than the grave about you, whatever you are!” as does the powerful visuals of his prose: “A crutch without an owner, carefully preserved.” Dickens’s themes of mortality, charity, and hope for humanity have become a cherished seasonal refrain for millions of families—and as much a part of the holidays as eating the Christmas tree.
Classical Theatre Company
The Classical Theatre Company is the only professional organization in the Houston area that exclusively produces classical dramas all year round. The reasoning behind this choice is simple: the company makes its mission to “boldly re-envision classical drama” by breathing new life into the works of authors such as Shakespeare, Marlow, Ibsen, and Shaw.
During staged readings and full productions, CTC’s artistic team always seeks inventive ways to “take old plays and give them a never-before-seen quality.” But despite their conceptual changes—such as setting Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice in a Nazi concentration camp or turning Hamlet into an espionage thriller with ties to whistle-blower Edward Snowden—the company always respects the original playwrights and maintains the integrity of the original prose, often illuminating how many of those “old” plays are now more relevant than ever.