The COVID-19 pandemic won't stop The Guthrie Theater from sharing the story of "A Christmas Carol" for the 46th consecutive year.
The Minneapolis theater's annual tradition of presenting the Charles Dickens' holiday classic is virtual this year and will be available to stream on-demand starting Dec. 19.
“Since theaters were forced to shut down in March due to health and safety concerns, there have been many losses and hardships, but it felt unimaginable to not uphold this beloved holiday tradition in what would have been its 46th consecutive year at the Guthrie," Artistic Director Joseph Haj said in a news release. "Though we can’t gather in person, we felt it was important to find a way to bring 'A Christmas Carol' to our community when we perhaps need it most.
"We took the lead from Dickens himself, who adapted his novella into four staves, or chapters, which he performed in wildly popular public readings for more than 20 years. It gives me great joy to bring this timeless classic to life, using Dickens’ own performance script, with four incredible actors in an intimate, virtual medium," Haj added.
The production is not just a recording of a Guthrie state production – it's a newly conceived show that was filmed and available for ticket holders to stream on-demand from Dec. 19-31.
Here's a look behind the scenes filming the production:
Tickets are $10 per household and are available through the box office by calling 612-377-2224 or online here. Donations are encouraged at checkout, with the theater noting tickets are intended for single-household use.
After you buy your ticket, you can watch the prerecorded performance at your convenience, starting Dec. 19. You can watch it an unlimited number of times until 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 31, at which point the link expires.
The show is about 1 hour and 15 minutes, and since it's streaming there won't be an intermission. All you need is internet access on a smartphone, tablet or computer to watch, with the Guthrie saying "hot cocoa is highly recommended."
The Guthrie, which every year offers discounted tickets to K-12 student groups, has also made the show available for free to schools/educators that register (more information here).