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The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey Concludes its 49th Season with Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

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Credits: Gerry Goodstein
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The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey concludes its 49th season with Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, adapted for the stage by Neil Bartlett. This unique and ingenious production features a cast of 11 actors playing more than 50 roles, including some of literature’s most beloved characters. Shakespeare Theatre’s Artistic Director Bonnie J. Monte directs.  Performances begin on December 1 and continue through January 1.   Performances are Tuesday through Sundays at The Shakespeare Theatre’s Main Stage – the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre in Madison. For tickets or more information, call 973-408-5600 or visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org.    Bartlett’s unusual adaptation finds the mean-spirited miser Ebenezer Scrooge alone and unloved in his cold house on Christmas Eve. Mired in his irascible and rigid ways, his very name synonymous with greed and misanthropy, Scrooge’s last chance for redemption lies in the spectral hands of his dead business partner and three holiday spirits.  Originally created for the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith in England, Bartlett’s A Christmas Carol contains only Dickens’ own words.  “I wanted to do it using Dickens’ words, and nothing but,” wrote Bartlett.  “Dickens himself prompted this decision; after all, he wrote the story not just to be read, but to be read out loud for an audience.   His words don’t describe; they enact.”    In addition, Bartlett has included spoken and sung Victorian carols delivered a cappella throughout the play.  Pictured: Clark Carmichael as Apprentice Scrooge proposes to Belle played by Susan Maris.

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