Ford’s Theatre A Christmas Carol Celebrates 600 Performances
In 1979, Ford’s Theatre produced our first production of the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol. This show has become a beloved holiday tradition for many in the Washington area in the decades since.
This particular version of A Christmas Carol, with its Covent Garden-inspired set and Christmas carol-filled score, has been on our stage since 2009. Each year, its themes of charity, mercy and hope resonate—and by the magical, fantastical world the production conjures.
As we celebrate our 600th performance of this production on Tuesday, November 26, 2019, let’s take a look at some of the stage magic by-the-numbers.
Number of years that A Christmas Carol has been presented by Ford’s Theatre Society
Years ago that Charles Dickens wrote and published A Christmas Carol
Pounds of dry ice used for one effect since our current Michael Baron-directed production debuted in 2009
Number of consecutive years that A Christmas Carol has been produced by Ford’s Theatre Society (1987-today)
Number of actors who have played Tiny Tim since our current Michael Baron-directed production debuted in 2009
Years the acting company has given back to the community through the annual charity drive
Funds collected by the cast of A Christmas Carol for D.C. charities since 2009. The cast is collecting again this season—to benefit D.C.’s BRIGHt BEGINNNGS.
Of artificial snow are used in the production.
Number of actors who have played Ebenezer Scrooge since the Michael Baron production began in 2009
Height of the large Christmas tree on set
Number of times Scrooge will utter “Humbug!” (10 times per performance)
Number of times that Tiny Tim will proclaim, “God bless us, everyone” this season
Number of kids in the 2019 Ford’s Theatre production
Thanks to all who have spent part of your holiday season with us! Hope to see you at the theatre again soon.
Lauren Beyea is Associate Director of Communications and Marketing at Ford’s Theatre, where she oversees media relations. She is editor of the Ford’s Theatre Blog. Follow her on Twitter @LaurenBeyea.