Guthrie teases brand new look for 'A Christmas Carol' for 2021-22 season

The theater revealed its upcoming season lineup Tuesday.
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The Guthrie Theater unveiled its plans for the 2021-22 season Tuesday, teasing a new take on its holiday staple A Christmas Carol as the venue returns to hosting live stage plays.

The Guthrie, which will reopen to the public in July after being closed for more than a year, will kick off its upcoming season with a national tour of the Tony-nominated What the Constitution Means to Me. The play, which hit Broadway after a successful off-Broadway run, will run Sept. 30 through Oct. 24 on the McGuire Proscenium Stage, with Cassie Beck in the lead role.

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The first show on the theater's Wurtele Thrust Stage (the venue's largest), however, will be A Christmas Carol – though it will look a little different than last time. The Guthrie said this will be a world-premiere adaptation, with a "fresh-yet-faithful" script from Lavina Jadhwani, replacing the previous adaptation from Crispin Whittel, which ran from 2010-19.

In addition, the Guthrie promised a brand new look for the play thanks to a new physical production. That means revamped scenic, costume, lighting and sound designs, featuring "ghosts, a nimble ensemble, music and merriment." Previews start Nov. 6., with performances running through Dec. 27.

Five more plays round out the Guthrie's season.

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"My hope is that this season will celebrate all that the theater is meant to be while extending hope and healing to everyone in our community," said Artistic Director Joseph Haj on the Guthrie's website.

Here's a brief look at the rest of the season:

  • An adaptation of the "essential" American play A Raisin in the Sun - Jan. 8-Feb, 13, 2022
  • Shakespeare’s The Tempest, directed by former Guthrie artistic director Joe Dowling - Feb. 26-April 16, 2022
  • A to-be-announced show in April of 2022
  • A world-premiere adaptation of the Jane Austen classic Emma, produced by the Guthrie, which was supposed to premiere in the 2019-20 season - June 18-Aug. 21, 2022
  • Sweat, a Pulitzer Prize-winning play from Lynn Nottage (the only woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama twice) -  July 16-Aug. 21, 2022

You can see more details about each show, as well as when tickets go on sale, on the theater's website.

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