Edmonton’s favourite Christmas custom returns to the Citadel with A Christmas Carol

Take in this year’s rendition of A Christmas Carol, playing through Dec. 23 at the Citadel Theatre.

It’s a holiday tradition for many Edmontonians: A Christmas Carol by David van Belle returns for the fourth year in a row to The Citadel Theatre.

Based on the novella by Charles Dickens, van Belle’s version takes audiences into the mid 20th century, where miserly Ebenezer Scrooge runs a large department store with the help of mother-of-six, Emily Cratchit. It takes the visit of three Ghosts of Christmas to help Scrooge see the error of his ways and vow to help his friends, including the youngest Cratchit, Tim.

Evoking the nostalgia of silver screen Christmas classics like It’s a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street and filled with holiday songs, the musical will delight audiences in weeks to come.

“David’s exquisitely written adaptation of A Christmas Carol is a magical way to celebrate the holidays,” said Artistic Director Daryl Cloran, “We premiered this production in 2019. In 2020, the pandemic meant we couldn’t welcome audiences in-person, so we re-imagined the production for film. In 2021, we returned to the live production with a smaller cast, but COVID shut us down early. And now, after years of pivoting, we are thrilled to once again present the live production with the full cast as originally intended.”

New this year, Citadel audiences will recognize John Ullyatt taking on the role of Ebenezer Scrooge. Most recently, Ullyatt played the exuberant Ghost of Christmas Present in the 2021 production.

The Citadel Theater is also offering opportunities for “Tim” to be played by an actor with lived experience of disability and/or chronic illness. This year’s “Tim” is 10-year-old Elias Martin, who will be playing “Tim” at most performances during the 2022 run, with Aubrey Malacad supporting as alternate.

A Christmas Carol plays in the Maclab Theater until December 23, 2022. Tickets are at the Box Office at 780.425.1820 or online at citadeltheatre.com.

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