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A Christmas Carol at The Ahmanson Theatre

 

September 16, 2021

Bradley Whitford

Three-time Emmy winner Bradley Whitford ("The Handmaid's Tale," "The West Wing," "Get Out," "The Post") will play the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in the magical new interpretation of Charles Dickens' timeless story, "A Christmas Carol." Adapted by Tony Award winner Jack Thorne ("Harry Potter and the Cursed Child") and originally directed and conceived by Tony Award winner Matthew Warchus ("Matilda"), "A Christmas Carol" comes to the Ahmanson Theatre November 30, 2021 through January 1, 2022. Opening night is set for Wednesday, December 1 at 8 pm. Tickets go on sale to the general public October 6, 2021.

"Like so many of us, this time of enforced isolation has left me starving for the communal experience of the live theatre. I can't imagine a more thrilling moment than stepping onto the stage in this spectacular new adaptation of Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol,'" said Bradley Whitford. "Come. Join us. Celebrate. And spoiler alert: God bless us. Every one!"

Bradley Whitford can currently be seen in the fourth season of Hulu's acclaimed series, "The Handmaid's Tale," in his Emmy Award-winning role of Commander Joseph Lawrence. He is known for his work in the Academy Award-nominated films "Get Out" and "The Post" and will soon be seen in Lin-Manuel Miranda's "tick, tick... BOOM!" He is currently filming "Rosaline" with Kaitlyn Dever and executive produced the documentary, "Not Going Quietly," which is currently in select theaters. Whitford is represented by ICM Partners and Greenlight Management.

A holiday masterpiece for all ages, "A Christmas Carol" opened on Broadway to rave reviews on November 20, 2019, following critically acclaimed runs at The Old Vic, London. Breaking several box office records at the Lyceum Theatre, the production was nominated for five Tony Awards and won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Adaptation. "A Christmas Carol" will return to The Old Vic for its fourth season this year. In addition to the production at the Ahmanson, a second production of "A Christmas Carol" will play San Francisco this holiday season.

This timeless and timely tale of isolation and redemption welcomes theatergoers of all ages into an immersive experience that's brimming with Christmas spirit. The production features dazzling staging, moving storytelling and 12 of the most cherished Christmas carols, including "Joy to the World," "Silent Night" and "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear."

"A Christmas Carol" features scenic and costume design by Tony Award winner Rob Howell; lighting design by Tony Award winner Hugh Vanstone; sound design by Tony Award nominee Simon Baker; music, orchestrations, and arrangements by Tony Award nominee Christopher Nightingale; music direction by Remy Kurs; casting by Jim Carnahan, CSA and Jason Thinger; and movement by Lizzi Gee. The Los Angeles production is directed by Thomas Caruso.

"A Christmas Carol" is produced by Tom Smedes, Heather Shields, Nathan Gehan, Jamison Scott, Catherine Schreiber, Peter Stern, Xin Wen, Cornice Productions, Jack Lane, Instone Productions, Nancy Gibbs/Joseph Longthorne, Mark Lonow & JoAnne Astrow, J. Scott & Sylvia G Bechtel, Walport

Productions, Alexandra Weinstein & Tobi Pilavin Weinstein, Propaganda Productions/42nd.Club, Beth Lenke/Wolfstone Productions, Tanninger Entertainment, CHK Productions/ Louise H. Beard & Seriff Productions, Mark Lippman, Fiona Howe Rudin/Sammy Lopez, David Lambert/Shawn Arani, Brian Mutert & Derek Perrigo/Gary & Reenie Heath, and Terry Schnuck/Joel t Newman, with Associate Producer Chase Thomas.

Center Theatre Group, one of the nation's preeminent arts and cultural organizations, is Los Angeles' leading nonprofit theatre company, which, under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Ritchie, Managing Director / CEO Meghan Pressman and Producing Director Douglas C. Baker, programs seasons at the 736-seat Mark Taper Forum and 1600 to 2100-seat Ahmanson Theatre at The Music Center in Downtown Los Angeles, and the 317-seat Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. In addition to presenting and producing the broadest range of theatrical entertainment in the country, Center Theatre Group is one of the nation's leading producers of ambitious new works through commissions and world premiere productions and a leader in interactive community engagement and education programs that reach across generations, demographics and circumstance to serve Los Angeles.

Bank of America is Center Theatre Group's 2021 – 2022 Season Sponsor. Bank of America believes in the power of the arts to help economies thrive, to educate and enrich societies, and to create greater cultural understanding. For more than 20 years, the company has supported Center Theatre Group's innovative Education and Community Partnerships programs as well as world-class productions. Bank of America is also an instrumental supporter in accelerating Center Theatre Group's commitment to becoming an anti-racist, equitable, diverse, and inclusive organization.

While performances of "A Christmas Carol" do not begin until late November 30, Center Theatre Group currently plans to require all audience members to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of attendance. CTG will be announcing further details, including methods of confirming vaccination records or negative test results closer to the Ahmanson's re-opening date in November 2021. These health and safety measures are subject to change, at Center Theatre Group's sole discretion and based on evolving health and safety guidance and conditions. CTG will continue working closely with The Music Center and L.A. County officials to ensure they are following all applicable health and safety protocols. Additional information about The Music Center's safety plans, including its recent upgrades to all HVAC systems, is available at MusicCenter.org.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on October 6 at 10 am, with a presale opportunity for subscribers and donors beginning September 27 at 10 am and for American Express Card Members beginning September 29 at 10 am. In the interim, tickets are available by subscription only. For more information call the exclusive subscription hotline at (213) 972-4444 or visit http://www.CenterTheatreGroup.org/Ahmanson. Groups of 10 or more may reserve tickets by calling (213) 972-7231.

 

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