A Christmas Carol Returns to Goodman Theatre in Chicago

Now in its 4th decade, A Christmas Carol at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago brings joy and merriment to families each year with a different spin. For the 7th year, Artistic Associate Henry Wishcamper serves as director of Charles Dickens’ universal tale of hope and redemption. Larry Yando returns for his 12th turn as Ebenezer Scrooge and Paris Strickland plays the first-ever female Tiny Tim for the 2nd year in a row.

A Christmas Carol
Photo Credit: Liz Lauren

The A Christmas Carol performance in Chicago tells the iconic tale of greedy businessman Ebenezer Scrooge, whose sizable bank account is only matched by his disdain for humanity and, bah humbug, charity! One Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by four ghosts who take him on a spectacular adventure through his past, present, and future, creating his ultimate redemption and a true connection with his family and friends.


Executive Director Roche Schulfer, who established A Christmas Carol at Goodman as an annual offering in 1978 — a time when only a handful of U.S. theaters produced it – said, “For all of us at the Goodman, A Christmas Carol is much more than a holiday entertainment. We believe that Charles Dickens’ story promotes values that are universal and true everywhere in the world — compassion, understanding, love, empathy, forgiveness, and redemption.”

a christmas carol
Photo Credit: Liz Lauren

This year’s production of A Christmas Carol in Chicago is filled with magnificent, larger-than-life sets, special effects, flying spirits, and a cast of 25, including many returning members. What this new version offers is a greater use of humor and on-stage musicians to create a more festive atmosphere. It’s joyous to watch Scrooge transform from a bitter, miserly man to one who at long last discovers the joys of love, friendship, and humanity. There’s one particular scene that looks just like the perfect holiday greeting card. Magic, indeed.


A Christmas Carol in Chicago runs from November 16 – December 29. For tickets the Christmas Carol Goodman event, check their website, call 312.443.3800, or visit the box office at 170 N Dearborn. And make sure to bring the whole family!

Special Performances

Touch Tour and Audio-Described Performance
Saturday, December 7 | 12:30pm Touch Tour & 2pm Performance
For reserved seating for this service, use promo AUDIO
Reservations for the touch tour are available at check-out for no additional charge.


American Sign Language-Interpreted Performance
Saturday, December 14 | 2pm
For reserved seating for this service, use promo SIGN

Open-Captioned Performance
Sunday, December 8 | 2pm
For reserved seating for this service, use promo OPEN
Open captioning provided by c2.


Sensory-Friendly/Relaxed Performance
Saturday, November 23 | 2pm

Spanish-Captioned Performance
Thursday, December 26 | 7pm
Jueves, el 26 de diciembere a las 7pm



Featured Image Credit: Liz Lauren




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