Campbell Scott to Star in Broadway ‘Christmas Carol’
Thirty-five years ago, George C. Scott played Scrooge in a television adaptation of Charles Dickens’s holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol.”
Now the actor’s son, Campbell Scott, is planning to play the same role on Broadway.
The new stage adaptation of the novella, which received strong reviews when it opened in London two years ago, will run for eight weeks at the Lyceum Theater, from Nov. 7 to Jan. 5.
The play was written by Jack Thorne, who won a Tony Award last year for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” and is directed by Matthew Warchus, who won a Tony in 2009 for “God of Carnage.” Mr. Warchus is also the artistic director of the Old Vic Theater in London, where the show has been running each year since 2017.
The Guardian called the production “superb” and the Independent called it “magnificent.”
“It’s the most popular production that we have at the Old Vic, and it’s interesting because for a lot of people it’s their first encounter with theater,” Mr. Warchus said.
The story, of course, is about a miser whose resistance to Christmas is overcome when he is visited by a series of admonitory ghosts.
“Human beings are very interested in second chances,” Mr. Warchus said of the story’s enduring popularity. He also said that Scrooge’s isolation is newly resonant in a digital era when many people feel interpersonally disconnected.
“There’s more time spent in this story understanding what made Scrooge be like he is — what makes a person become as detached from life as this character is,” he said. “You learn stuff about his past, and his romantic relationship, and his relationship with his father, that isn’t present in other stories.”
Mr. Scott, best known for his work in two “Spider-Man” movies and television’s “House of Cards,” last appeared on Broadway in a 2016 revival of “Noises Off.”
“A Christmas Carol” is being produced by Tom Smedes, Heather Shields, ShowTown Productions and Catherine Schreiber.
Michael Paulson is the theater reporter. He previously covered religion, and was part of the Boston Globe team whose coverage of clergy sexual abuse in the Catholic Church won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. @MichaelPaulson
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