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A Christmas Carol

By Charles Dickens

Adapted by Carey Perloff and Paul Walsh
Music by Karl Lundeberg
Choreography by Val Caniparoli
Directed by Peter J. Kuo
Based on the original direction by Carey Perloff

Dec 6–24, 2023


2 hours, including one 20-minute intermission

This production includes loud sound effects and the use of theatrical haze.

A Christmas Carol

Dec 6–24, 2023

“A holiday treat for the entire family!”

KGO Radio

“A smash hit! Holiday traditions don’t get any better”

Stark Insider

Featuring a lively cast of dozens, delightful music, gorgeous costumes, and those deliciously spooky ghosts, the Bay Area's favorite holiday tradition returns home. This version of A Christmas Carol—adapted by Paul Walsh and Carey Perloff—stays true to the heart of Dickens's timeless story of redemption and brings a playful sensibility to his rich language. A Christmas Carol is a decades-long cornerstone of the A.C.T. repertory and has become a holiday tradition for families all around the San Francisco Bay Area. 

This will be your final chance to see this version of A Christmas Carol, one that has enchanted audience members like you for almost two decades. There will be a new version of A Christmas Carol in 2024—more on that soon. For now, don’t miss your chance to say farewell to this version of a classic. 

Sensory Friendly Performance 

A.C.T. is excited to bring back our sensory friendly performance of A Christmas Carol, on Wednesday, December 20 at 2 p.m.!  

Sensory friendly performances, also called relaxed performances, are designed to create an experience in the theater for neurodiverse audiences or anyone who has sensory sensitivities that might impact their ability to feel comfortable in a typical theater-going experience. A.C.T. designed this performance in collaboration with Inclusive Arts and their team of accessibility consultants, which includes individuals on the autism spectrum. 

For more specifics, please visit our Accessibility page. 

GET TICKETS to the Sensory Friendly Performance on Dec 20 at 2 p.m., and find out what you can expect when you arrive at the theater in our Toni Rembe Theater Sensory Access Guide.

Looking for a more in-depth look at A Christmas Carol—including cast, characters, synopsis, sensory disclosures, and more? Check out the social narrative here (or in Spanish here).

InterACT Events

At A.C.T.’s free InterACT events, you can mingle with cast members, join interactive workshops with theater artists, and meet fellow theatergoers at hosted celebrations in our lounges.
All titles, schedules, and artists are subject to change. No refunds. Tickets are for personal use and not for resale.

COVID-19 Safety Policy
American Conservatory Theater is happy to welcome you to our home. Our COVID-19 policy is in accordance with guidelines provided by the State of California and City of San Francisco. At this time this means that masking is encouraged but not required. It also means that vaccination checks are no longer required to see a performance. These policies will be updated if city guidelines change.


Kuba Adams

Tasi Alabastro

Vivian Amirault

Jasper Bermudez

James Carpenter

Catherine Castellanos

John Chukwudelunzu

James Coniglio

Khalia Davis

Evan DePalma

Ginger Dreicer

Anthony Fusco

Wynter Gill

Cindy Goldfield

Danika Elizabeth Guinn

Brian Herndon

Dan Hiatt

Monique Hightower-Gaskin

Kimberly Hollkamp-Dinon


Jeremy Kahn

Olivia Kohn

Adam KuveNiemann

Sharon Lockwood

Paloma Martinez Muhsin

Justina Mateescu

James Mercer II

Emily Newsome

Amanda Le Nguyen

Sarita Ocón

Xochitl Santillan

Anna Marie Sharpe

William Spitz

Howard Swain

Jomar Tagatac

Piera Tamer

B Noel Thomas

Rhys Townsager

Madeline von Treskow

Alliana Lili Yang


Daniel Feyer

Music Direction

John Arnone

Scenic Design

Beaver Bauer

Costume Design

Nancy Schertler

Lighting Design

Jake Rodriguez

Sound Design

Nancy Dickson

Dance Répétiteur

Michael Paller and Joy Meads


Katie Craddock



Rebecca J. Ennals

Stage Manager

Wesley Apfel

Assistant Stage Manager

Megan McClintock

Assistant Stage Manager