Patrick Stewart will play Scrooge, Fezziwig, Tiny Tim, the Three Ghosts and every other yuletide Dickensian character this December when he returns to Broadway for the fourth time with his ever-popular one-man version of A Christmas Carol. The production will play the huge Marquis Theatre for eight performances only, Dec. 24-30.
All the proceeds will go to charity, with the Dec. 28 show's monies going to the September 11th Campaign of The Actors' Fund of America, and the box office of each of the other seven performances divided between two organizations, the Coalition for the Homeless and Food for Survival, Inc.
The one-man production uses minimal set pieces, relying instead on Dickens' text and Stewart's ability to portray every character in the story. The actor brought it to New York in 1991, 1992, 1994, and later staged it in L.A. Every time it has proved a reliable hit, selling out its run.
Stewart last appeared on Broadway in Arthur Miller's The Ride Down Mt. Morgan. He made different sort of headlines when, from the stage at curtain call, he took the show's producers, the Shuberts, to task for what he saw as the insufficient marketing of the play.
Tickets are available now for those seven performances through Ticketmaster, (212) 307-4100, (800) 755-4000. For the Actors' Fund show, call (212) 221-7300, ext. 133. The Marriott Marquis Theatre box office will open on December 10.