Ghostly Adaptations

There have been countless adaptations of Charles Dickens’ 1843 novella A Christmas Carol, but perhaps none more unusual than a couple streaming this holiday season.

The classic story, of course, is about miserly Scrooge, four ghosts who visit him on Christmas Eve. and his downtrodden employee Bob Cratchit.

One Actor, 50 roles, 90 minutes, $57.50

For $57.50 through January 3, you can see Jefferson Mays (Tony winner for I Am My Own Wife) play all 50 roles in a one-man elaborately produced production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol directed by Michael Arden (Tony nominee for Spring Awakening and Once on This Island).

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Two Actors, 14 roles, 15 minutes, Free

New York Classical Theatre, A Christmas Carol

For free — from Thursday, December 17, through Sunday, December 20 — New York Classical Theatre will present a reading of its A {15-Min!} Christmas Carol, in which two actors play 14 roles in, yes, just 15 minutes.

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Rich Little’s A Christmas Carol

Fans of one actor playing multiple roles in the Dickens classic may also want to check out Rich Little’s A Christmas Carol. A Canadian production, It ran originally in the US on HBO in 1978, and you can now watch it right here. Thanks to impressionist Little, you can see Richard Nixon as ghost Marley, Paul Lynde and Edith Bunker as Cratchit and his wife, and many, many more.

Emmy-nominated Scrooges: March and Scott

Prefer more traditional adaptations of The Christmas Carol?

We’ve got two Emmy-nominated Scrooge performances below.

First, originally aired live and in color on CBS’ Shower of Stars in 1954, but with only a black-and-white version surviving, here’s a semi-musical with Fredric March as Scrooge, Basil Rathbone as Marley, music by Bernard Hermann, and script and lyrics by Maxwell Anderson:

Thirty years later, in a 1984 CBS movie, George C. Scott stars as Scrooge, with David Warner and Susannah York as Mr. and Mrs. Cratchit:

(Top photo: Jefferson Mays, ‘A Christmas Carol’)

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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