The Greene Space in New York City will present its annual production of A Christmas Carol: A Radio Drama on December 8, with a cast of Broadway veterans including Mark Linn-Baker and Jefferson Mays. Information and tickets are available here!
In Variety, Tony Jordan says that they're having trouble finding studio space for the show and that it may have to shoot in Eastern Europe, though he acknowledges, "It just doesn't feel quite right. It should be in the U.K." The piece also mentions some of the buildings and characters that are going to appear on the show.
On Sunday, December 7, the 1938 A Christmas Carol film with Reginald Owen will be shown in movie theaters across the U.S., on a double bill with the 1945 Barbara Stanwyck film Christmas in Connecticut. The event is sponsored by Fathom Entertainment, Turner Classic Movies, and Warner Home Entertainment (which is bringing both films out on Blu-ray).
Levenger, the company that used to publish a facsimile edition of Dickens's prompt copy for his Christmas Carol readings, has now published a similar edition of his David Copperfield prompt copy. It's on sale this week for 20 percent off.
Bestselling novelist Neil Gaiman, who had dressed as Charles Dickens to do a reading of A Christmas Carol in December, dressed as "Dead Charles Dickens" for Halloween (in which costume he did a video interview at the New York Public Library).
In her article "The 10 Best Ghost Stories" for Publishers Weekly, novelist Lauren Oliver makes an interesting point about A Christmas Carol (which she ranks ninth): "This seminal and beloved novel proves that visitors from the other side don’t merely come to torment and harangue--sometimes, they come to torment, harangue, and help."
Carlo DeVito's new book about the writing of A Christmas Carol is unquestionably well-researched and full of fascinating details about the origin of Scrooge's and Marley's names, the relationships with family members that inspired some of the characters, Dickens's haunting fear of poverty and the Scrooge-like tendencies he had to fight in himself, the Malthusian ideology that he was trying to combat, and much more.