November 7, 1993 |
Britain will issue five commemoratives Tuesday recalling the 150th anniversary of the publication of A Christmas Carol, perhaps the most enduring children's holiday story. The stamps include the characters in Charles Dickens' classic: Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig, Ebenezer Scrooge's nephew and, of course, Scrooge himself. Dickens was 31 when he completed A Christmas Carol in early December of 1843 after just six weeks of writing. He already was the acclaimed author of such works as Oliver Twist, and in its first week, A Christmas Carol, decorated in red binding and gilt design, sold 6,000 copies.
December 19, 1992 |
Good old Dickens, and good old Danceteller, which re-creates his A Christmas Carol so faithfully year after year. Beginning its ninth season Thursday at the Painted Bride Art Center, where it runs through Wednesday, Danceteller's rendition is as fresh as ever. Conceived and choreographed by Trina Collins, this Carol is a model of how dance and the spoken word can coexist happily on the same stage. So artful is the combination of movement and speech, the viewer is often unaware of where one leaves off and the other begins.
December 6, 1991 |
Until this week, if you can believe it, the People's Light and Theatre Company had existed in Malvern for 17 years without ever staging a production of Charles Dickens' gift to the resident-theater exchequer, A Christmas Carol. But then, I had existed for 56 years without ever seeing one. An extra year probably wouldn't have hurt either of us. People's Light has been on something of an artistic roll lately, burnishing its reputation with ambitious adaptations of Dreiser's Sister Carrie and Homer's Achilles.
December 25, 1997 |
The story so far: Software billionaire Quentin Stiles has been visited by four holograms that emerged from his bedside computer overnight on the day before Christmas. The visitors - his dead partner Simon Charles, and the Viruses of Christmas Past, Present and Future - have tried to show how his single-minded focus on intellect, computers and money has affected those around him, including a top manager at Mega-ware Intl. who has a son so immersed in computers that he has cut off almost all interaction with other people.
December 21, 2012
* MR. MAGOO'S CHRISTMAS CAROL. 8 p.m. Saturday, NBC 10. I USED TO BE a little embarrassed that my favorite Scrooge was Mister Magoo. The adult choice, I knew, was Alastair Sim, the Scottish actor whose 1951 portrayal of Ebenezer Scrooge from Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" is considered the gold standard for holiday-movie misers. Sim, who has one of the more entertaining entries on Wikipedia - really, you should check it out - is probably a worthier candidate than, say, Bill Murray, a fascinating actor whose "Scrooged" wasn't exactly one for the ages.
December 24, 2010
DOCTOR WHO: A CHRISTMAS CAROL. 9 p.m. tomorrow, BBC America. BY NOW YOU may have had your fill of pseudo-Scrooges and the ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come Calling in a Very Special Holiday Movie. I know I have. But if you can handle one more wrinkle on the Charles Dickens classic, BBC America has a treat tomorrow, as it premieres "Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol" on Christmas Day - the same day Britons will be seeing it for the first time. Michael Gambon ("The King's Speech")
December 23, 1986 |
Two versions of A Christmas Carol and a couple of first-run offerings make this an unusually satisfying Christmas-week viewing night. EVENING HIGHLIGHTS NOVA (8 p.m., Ch. 12) - Tonight's title is Are You Swimming in a Sewer? and part of the program takes place in Philadelphia. The city, however, comes out smelling like a rose. That's because the City of Philadelphia sells its sewage to eager buyers - a solution that contrasts sharply with some of the practices in other major metropolitan areas.
January 5, 2004
THE PA. Lottery Commission had a TV commercial showing a group of costumed carolers singing the traditional Christmas song "The Twelve Days of Christmas. " Only they avoid singing the word "Christmas" and instead sing "On the first day of the holiday season . . . " It is one thing to insult Christians by ignoring and avoiding the "C-word. " But it's adding insult to injury when you use a Christmas carol to stimulate consumerism, and then change the words for the sake of political correctness.
December 8, 1999 |
Inspecting Carol is a truly funny comedy for about a single 15-minute stretch of its nearly 2 1/2-hour length, but that one interlude, as presented in the Bristol Riverside Theatre production, is itself almost worth the price of admission. The funny part comes in the form of a spoof of that venerable holiday theatrical favorite A Christmas Carol. It's a hilarious bit of craziness and, for a critic who has sat through more productions of the Dickens tale than any sane adult would submit to voluntarily, it's one of the most refreshing and enjoyable Christmas Carols I have witnessed.
July 9, 1996 |
Yes, there can be a Christmas in July. Cable's TBS is going to prove it today by turning its schedule over to Christmas specials, Christmas movies and Christmas-themed episodes of such series as "Little House on the Prairie," "Bewitched," "Gilligan's Island" and "Family Matters. " The Yuletide cheer gets under way at 6:05 a.m. and will continue until 4:05 a.m. tomorrow. In fact, the only things missing will be mistletoe and, of course, cold weather. The day kicks off with the animated "Captain Planet and the Planeteers," which features an episode titled "Ghost of Porkaloin Past," a takeoff of the classic "A Christmas Carol.