Free Christmas and Hanukah Plays:
Whether you are directing a Christmas pageant at your local church, or a festival of lights celebration, or a school winter production of mitten-clad kindergarten kids, there’s perfect play out there to fit your needs. And, if you’re lucky, it might be completely free. Check out this list of free holiday plays and skits.
Over the years, Hollywood has produced countless holiday movies and television specials. Many of which have been so beloved (and profitable) that amateur and professional theaters have adapted them for the stage. Some of the more popular holiday classics include:
A Christmas Carol:
There have been hundreds of adaptations of this Charles Dickens’ Christmas classic. I confess, that I have seen so many different productions, television movies, and cartoon-versions that I have almost gotten tired of the story. Almost. The thing about A Christmas Carol is that the narrative is so tightly crafted, Dickens’ prose so smooth, and the end result of Scrooge’s transformation so heartwarming, that it’s easy to understand why Hollywood keeps plundering the material.
Wikipedia has an enormous list of the many incarnations of A Christmas Carol. However, last time I checked, they left out the important early adaptations, written during Dickens’ lifetime. For example, there’s no mention of C. Z. Barnett’s adaptation: A Christmas Carol or The Miser’s Warning. This two act play was performed a mere two months after the publication of Dickens’ holiday novel. In fact, it was the only adaptation sanctioned by the author. (Which is amusing since Barnett’s take does not adds a great deal of sensationalism to the text to appeal to its Victorian audiences).
Archive.org offers a wonderfully presentation of the first edition of Barnett’s version.
Being a purist, however, I’m more interested a faithful adaptation of A Christams Carol. such as Patrick Stewart’s famous one-man show in which he simply reads from the text – and brilliantly performs each character. Care to try performing it yourself? Visit our Classic Literature GuideSite and read the original Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, unabridged in all its holiday glory.