2017’s A Christmas Carol is Trinity Rep’s Best-Selling Show of All Time

And there are still three weeks left in the run.

Joe Wilson Jr. as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol at Trinity Repertory Company. Photo by Mark Turek.

A Merry Christmas, indeed.

Trinity Repertory Company‘s 2017 staging of A Christmas Carol, onstage now through December 31, is its most successful show of all time. The benchmark was reached over the weekend, with three weeks left in the run and seats still up for grabs.

“It’s such a joyous production that Angela Brazil and Stephen Thorne put together this year,” Tom Parrish, Trinity Rep’s executive director, says of the husband-wife team who directed this year’s show. “Joe Wilson Jr. is a fabulous Scrooge. And the presence of the community groups from throughout Rhode Island are sowing the production with such joy and resonance for the season.”

The glowing reviews didn’t hurt, either. The Providence Journal‘s Channing Gray wrote, “Trinity Rep has been staging its beloved holiday classic A Christmas Carol for four decades and this anniversary rendition might just be the best ever.”

Parrish says there’s a chance this year’s A Christmas Carol could rank in the top five best-selling holiday shows across the nation. (It often cracks the top ten, he says — a testament to Rhode Island’s support of its State Theater.) This year’s show surpassed the theater’s previous top-selling production — also A Christmas Carol, in 2001.

“I think people just need this story now in a way that in other years, not as much,” Parrish says. “We really pulled out all the stops this year and it’s such a joy.”

Parrish, who says he’s seen the show twice in its entirety and a handful more times in spurts, says he likes to pop in on the local student showings the most.

“We have thousands of schoolchildren who are coming to see this and they’re just eating it up,” he says. “It just reminds you of the joy of the season.”

Tickets are $25 to $136. Visit trinityrep.com for more information.


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