The Shaw Festival is set to usher in the holiday theatre season with its beloved tradition, Charles Dickens’s timeless classic, A Christmas Carol. The production is slated to begin on November 5th at the illustrious Royal George Theatre.
Artistic Director Tim Carroll extended a warm invitation to all, stating, “It’s time for you to enjoy some comfort and joy. Join us in Niagara-on-the-Lake and celebrate the season with the enduring favorite, A Christmas Carol.”
Directed by Brendan McMurtry-Howlett and adapted by Tim Carroll, the play promises to immerse audiences in the heartwarming tale of Ebenezer Scrooge’s transformation. Portrayed by Sanjay Talwar this season, Scrooge undergoes a profound change thanks to visits by the ghost of his former partner Jacob Marley and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come.
The Shaw’s adaptation features an impressive ensemble cast, including Élodie Gillett as Christmas Past, Shawn Wright as Christmas Present, and Jason Cadieux as Mr. Hubble. Marlene Ginader graces the stage as Belle, while Patty Jamieson embodies Mrs. Dilber. The production also showcases Andrew Lawrie as Bob Cratchit, Jonathan Tan as Fred, Jacqueline Thair as Mrs. Cratchit, and Kiana Woo* as Emily.
Following each performance, theatergoers will have a unique opportunity to capture the memory with a safely distanced photo alongside the cast, ensuring a truly immersive experience.
For those seeking convenient transportation, the Toronto-Niagara Shaw Express offers direct bus services from downtown Toronto and Burlington to Niagara-on-the-Lake. These luxury buses provide wheelchair accessibility, free Wi-Fi, and an on-board host, with a return fare of $29 per person, requiring a 2023 performance ticket.
The play’s previews will commence on November 5th, with official reviews starting from November 11th and the final curtain call on December 23rd. Please note that the schedule is subject to change, and it is advised to confirm dates and times with the Shaw Festival Box Office.
Experience the enchantment of the holiday season with the Shaw Festival’s production of A Christmas Carol. Book your tickets now and relish in the magic of this timeless tale.