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Bah! Humbug! ‘A Christmas Carol’ announces Scrooges for U.S. productions

Bradley Whitford and Francois Battiste

Casting has been announced for the roles of Ebenezer Scrooge for the upcoming touring productions of the Tony-nominated play A Christmas Carol.

Three-time Emmy winner Bradley Whitford (“The Handmaid’s Tale,” “The West Wing,” “Get Out,” “The Post”) will play the role of Ebenezer Scrooge in the magical new interpretation of Charles Dickens’ timeless story, “A Christmas Carol.” Whitford will assume the role for the production’s stops in the following locations:

DatesLocationVenue
November 12-13, 2021Spokane, WAFirst Interstate Center for the Arts
November 18-21, 2021Phoenix, AZOrpheum Theatre
November 23-28, 2021Las Vegas, NVThe Smith Center
November 26, 2021 – January 1, 2022Los Angeles, CAAhmanson Theatre

“Like so many of us, this time of enforced isolation has left me starving for the communal experience of the live theatre. I can’t imagine a more thrilling moment than stepping onto the stage in this spectacular new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol,’” said Bradley Whitford. “Come. Join us. Celebrate. And spoiler alert: God bless us. Every one!”

Bradley Whitford can currently be seen in the fourth season of Hulu’s acclaimed series, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” in his Emmy Award-winning role of Commander Joseph Lawrence. He is known for his work in the Academy Award-nominated films “Get Out” and “The Post” and will soon be seen in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “tick, tick… BOOM!” He is currently filming “Rosaline” with Kaitlyn Dever and executive produced the documentary, “Not Going Quietly,” which is currently in select theaters. Whitford is represented by ICM Partners and Greenlight Management.

Tickets for the Los Angeles production will go on sale to the general public on October 6, 2021.

For the San Francisco production, film and stage star Francois Battiste will play the iconic Scrooge at the Golden Gate Theatre from November 26 – December 26, 2021. Single tickets are available beginning Friday, September 24 at 10am by visiting broadwaysf.com. Groups can purchase now by contacting groupsales@broadwaysf.com. In addition, BroadwaySF members can currently purchase additional tickets for this engagement. Ticket prices start at $56.

Francois Battiste is an Obie Award-winning theatre, television and film actor best known for his work on ABC’s “10 Days in the Valley” and “Station 19,” CBS’ “Evil” and “Person of Interest,” ABC’s “The Family” (ABC) and HBO’s “The Normal Heart.” A graduate of the Juilliard School and the British American Drama Academy at Oxford University, he has performed on Broadway in Bronx Bombers, Prelude to a Kiss and Magic/Bird, in addition to countless roles off-Broadway and at theatres across the country and around the globe. Battiste is represented by Innovative Artists.

“With its timeless message of spreading joy and love, A Christmas Carol rings truer than ever this year,” stated Battiste. “I am excited to play one of literature’s most iconic characters in this beautiful new production and can hardly wait to step onto the stage of the Golden Gate Theatre. I hope we make everyone’s season just a little bit brighter.”

A holiday masterpiece for all ages, A Christmas Carol opened on Broadway to rave reviews on November 20, 2019, following critically acclaimed runs at The Old Vic, London. Breaking several box office records at the Lyceum Theatre, the production was nominated for five 2020 Tony Awards and won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Adaptation. A Christmas Carol will return to The Old Vic for its fourth season this year.

A Christmas Carol features scenic and costume design by Tony Award-winner Rob Howell; lighting design by Tony Award-winner Hugh Vanstone; sound design by Tony Award-nominee Simon Baker; music, orchestrations, and arrangements by Tony Award-nominee Christopher Nightingale; music direction by Matt Smart; casting by Jim Carnahan, CSA and Jason Thinger; and movement by Lizzi Gee. The San Francisco production is directed by Jamie Manton.

A Christmas Carol is produced by Tom Smedes, Heather Shields, Nathan Gehan, Jamison Scott, Catherine Schreiber, Peter Stern, Xin Wen, Cornice Productions, Jack Lane, Instone Productions, Nancy Gibbs/Joseph Longthorne, Mark Lonow & JoAnne Astrow, J. Scott & Sylvia G Bechtel, Walport Productions, Alexandra Weinstein & Tobi Pilavin Weinstein, Propaganda Productions/42nd.Club, Beth Lenke/Wolfstone Productions, Tanninger Entertainment, CHK Productions/ Louise H. Beard & Seriff Productions, Mark Lippman, Fiona Howe Rudin/Sammy Lopez, David Lambert/Shawn Arani, Brian Mutert & Derek Perrigo/Gary & Reenie Heath, and Terry Schnuck/Joel t Newman, with Associate Producer Chase Thomas.

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