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It wouldn't be the holidays without Olney's favorite Christmas tradition. Paul Morella’s captivating solo performance of the Dickens classic keeps audiences coming back season after season. They come for the masterful storytelling and come back for the way Paul keeps this tale fresh, year-after-year.

Experience the unforgettable characters and vivid imagery as Charles Dickens originally intended  – in his own words – and rediscover this timeless classic presented in a masterful solo performance. Adapted from Dickens’ original novella and reading tour, Morella’s solo version will transport you back to Victorian England and into the heart of this classic morality tale. This critically acclaimed production has become a holiday must-see. 

A friendly one-man show (Morella, in a Victorian suit, greets you at the door) that faithfully sticks to the Dickens novella over its swift two hours. What you hear is exactly what Dickens wrote, rich descriptions and all. This was originally a ghost story, and that’s how it feels as Morella stands alone on a shadowy stage, looking you in the eye as cranky old Ebenezer Scrooge begins his jittery night. - The Washington Post

Charles Dickens

Adapted by and Starring
Paul Morella

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2021-2022 Season
Part of the 2021-2022 Season
  • Paul Morella

  • Sonya Dowhaluk

    Lighting Designer
  • Patrick W. Lord

    Projections Designer
  • Tashiana Quiñones

    Production Stage Manager

Health and Safety

Masks and proof of COVID vaccination are required at all performancesPatrons ages 5-11 who recently became eligible for the vaccine are not required to show proof of vaccination. Children, regardless of vaccination status, must be masked and accompanied by a vaccinated adult. At this time, we do not accept proof of a recent negative COVID test in lieu of vaccination. 

Olney Theatre Center's mask and proof of vaccination requirements will remain in effect through January 2, 2022. We will share any changes to our policies on or after January 3, 2022.

Visit our Health and Safety page for our latest policies to keep you safe as we return to the stage!

Unless noted, most performances are sold at 100% capacity. Special socially distanced performances have been scheduled for

  • November 26-28
  • December 9-12

A Christmas Carol 2021

November 26 - December 26 2021

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Open Wednesday - Sunday: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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