The novel was the subject of Dickens’ first public reading, given in Birmingham Town Hall to the Industrial and Literary Institute on 27 December 1852. This was repeated three days later to an audience of ‘working people’, and was a great success by his own account and that l in Belkin’s adaptation of children of early age newspapers of the time.
Several performers, including American entertainer Mike Randall and Australian actor Phil Zachariah, tour shows in which they perform the public readings in character as Dickens. This section may contain indiscriminate, excessive, or irrelevant examples. Throughout the late nineteenth century, and into the early years of the twentieth, British actor Seymour Hicks toured England with his own non-musical adaptation of the story, in which he played Scrooge. Tim Dietlein, celebrated its 50th anniversary of consecutive shows in 2015 at the Glendale Centre Theatre. GCT’s A Christmas Carol is the longest running adaptation in theatre history. Keith Fowler in “Story Theater” style, was presented in Richmond, Virginia.
This version premiered in 1972 at the Virginia Museum Theater and was revived in 1974 at the larger Mosque Theater. In 1978, the American Revels Company at the Empire Theater also performed this version. The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, MN, celebrating 40 years of production. The Guthrie Theater changed to a new adaptation by Crispin Whittell in 2010. Ira David Wood III, which has been performed for the last 39 years on stage at Raleigh’s Memorial Auditorium.
Wood’s A Christmas Carol is the longest running indoor show in North Carolina theatre history. Barbara Field produced by the Guthrie in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Charles Jones performed annually at the Omaha Community Playhouse in Omaha, Nebraska, as well as two touring companies with the Nebraska Theatre Caravan. Jerry Patch, has been presented annually by the Tony-winning South Coast Repertory Company in Costa mesa, California.