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Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' With Jefferson Mays


  • WHEN Ongoing from now until January 3, 2021[days & times]
  • WHERE Virtual / La Jolla Playhouse
    Map | Website
  • AGES Not available
  • COST $50

Starring Jefferson Mays | Adapted by Jefferson Mays, Susan Lyons, Michael Arden

Production Conceived by Michael Arden & Dane Laffrey | Directed by Michael Arden

$50 per household + fees

Experience "A Christmas Carol" unlike any other—past, present or future. The timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge comes to thrilling new life as Tony Award® winner Jefferson Mays ("I Am My Own Wife," "Gentleman’s Guide"…) plays over 50 roles in a virtuosic, master class of a performance that must be seen to be believed. This theatrical achievement comes from the haunting vision of one of Broadway’s most imaginative directors, Michael Arden (Tony-winning Best Revival – "Once on this Island").

La Jolla Playhouse subscribers were the first to see Jefferson Mays’ brilliant performance in the Page To Stage production of "I Am My Own Wife" in 2001, which went on to win the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award, while Jefferson took home the Tony for Best Actor for his stunning portrayal of over 40 characters. And who can forget the incomparable Michael Arden as Quasimodo in our production of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame." Another beloved Playhouse alum, Tony Award winner Nikki James ("The Wiz"), joins Jefferson and Michael as assistant director.

This production was filmed at New York's United Palace theater, and is based on the 2018 world premiere of Mays, Lyons and Arden's adaptation at Los Angeles’ Geffen Playhouse. It is part of a partnership between La Jolla Playhouse, producer Hunter Arnold's TBD Pictures and On The Stage, the streaming and production platform. Eleven theaters across the country are partnered. A portion of the proceeds supports the La Jolla Playhouse.

Learn more: Watch Michael Arden, Jefferson Mays, and Dane Laffrey Offer a Glimpse of A Christmas Carol Stream (

How It Works:

1. Purchase a ticket from On the Stage streaming through our La Jolla Playhouse website portal. A portion of your ticket will benefit La Jolla Playhouse.
2. You’ll receive an email from On the Stage with your viewing link.
3. Beginning November 28 at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT, when you’re ready, you’ll have 24 hours to watch your performance after activating your link.
4. Performance can be watched on any device or cast to your TV.
5. A Christmas Carol is available for unlimited viewings within a 24-hour period, on or after the opening stream date of November 28, 2020.

PLEASE NOTE: This is not a La Jolla Playhouse production. We do not have control over ticketing and we are not responsible for the delivery of streaming content. On The Stage is the streaming company for this show, and will be donating a portion of sales to La Jolla Playhouse and their other partners to support non-profit theaters during the pandemic. All sales are final, no refunds.

Praise for this project and prior productions of "A Christmas Carol" with Jefferson Mays
“A towering achievement! You’ve seen it before, but not like this. A personal best for Jefferson Mays. He delivers an epic performance embodying 50 characters.”
– The Hollywood Reporter

“For true theater lovers, there can be no better gift this season. Jefferson Mays is a rare gem and Michael Arden is ingenious.”
– Los Angeles Times

“A most excellent show! What a pleasure to watch Jefferson Mays.”
– Variety

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending. Check local COVID-19 restrictions and updates.

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