Trinity Rep’s A Christmas Carol, By the Numbers

Fun figures about Trinity Repertory Company's most performed play.
Courtesy of Trinity Repertory Company.

Trinity Rep’s annual presentation of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol has long been synonymous with the holiday season in Rhode Island. The company is currently staging its forty-third edition of the transformative tale featuring Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit and the curmudgeonly Ebenezer Scrooge. To celebrate its ever-evolving and always-heartwarming gift of comfort and joy, here are some fun facts about the beloved theatrical treat.

20. Actors who have portrayed Scrooge; Timothy Crowe starred 14 times, and Anne Scurria was the first female Scrooge in 1996.

$500,000. Donations raised for the Rhode Island Community Food Bank since 2006, which are solicited by a woke Scrooge at the show’s curtain call.

12/16–1977. A Christmas Carol, adapted by Adrian Hall and Richard Cumming with original music by Cumming, debuted at Trinity Rep. Hall directed the show in its first three seasons and returned as a guest director in 1990.

130 cubic square feet. Average amount of snowfall during the show’s seven-week run (a minimalist take on the show, helmed by artistic director Curt Columbus in his first season in 2006, was controversially snow-free).

1.6 million. Estimated attendance since 1977.

2,939. The total number of A Christmas Carol performances, including fifty-five shows in the current season. Two separate productions were staged during the 1996–2007 seasons.

50 percent: A Christmas Carol accounts for half of Trinity Rep’s ticket sales in most seasons.

12/19/1843. Dickens’s novella — the full title is A Christmas Carol In Prose, Being a Ghost Story of Christmas — is published in London; the first edition sells out before Christmas Eve.