26 Dec 2021

“A Christmas Carol” Offers Surprises at Golden Gate Theatre

The latest interpretation of the holiday classic “A Christmas Carol” will have a distinctly Bay Area flavor.

Seven local actors will help tell the classic holiday tale of Ebenezer Scrooge during its run at the Golden Gate Theatre through Dec. 26. Scrooge himself will be played by Francois Battiste, and he’ll be joined by beloved Broadway veteran Nancy Opel (Ghost of Christmas Past) and award-winning actor-writer-producer Amber Iman
(Ghost of Christmas Present/Mrs. Fezziwig).

The cast also features Bay Area actors Ben Beckley (Father/Marley), Samuel Faustine (Ferdy/Nicholas), Monica Ho (Little Fan), Ash Malloy (Belle), Annie Sherman (Jess), Colin Thomson (Fezziwig) and Rodney Earl Jackson Jr. (standby).

The new interpretation of Charles Dickens’ timeless story was adapted by Tony Award-winner Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) and originally directed and conceived by Tony Award-winner Matthew Warchus (Matilda). It opened to rave reviews on Broadway on Nov. 20, 2019, following acclaimed runs in London.

The story of Scrooge and his redemption during the Christmas season has been told many times, but this latest version “remains the most surprising adaptation recently seen on Bay Area stages,” according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Entertainment Weekly raved that, “You’ll leave the theater with a heart full of joy and light.”

The production took home 2020 Tony Awards for Best Original Score (Christopher Nightingale), Best Scenic Design of a Play (Rob Howell), Best Costume Design of a Play (Rob Howell), Best Lighting Design of a Play (Hugh Vanstone) and Best Sound Design of a Play (Simon Baker). It also won a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Adaptation.

For tickets and further information, visit broadwaysf.com. The Golden Gate Theatre is located at 1 Taylor St., San Francisco.