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A Christmas Carol

"It doesn't really feel like Christmastime until we come to see A Christmas Carol" Audiences are celebrating 45 years of Holiday Magic—on stage through December 31.



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Since our return to stage:

140,000 Chicagoans have come through our doors. 411 performances have played on our stages. 43 shows have sold out. And we’re just getting started.


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  • Review, The Chicago Sun-Times

    Review: Goodman’s Christmas Carol and its longtime Scrooge wow a first-time viewer

    Steven Oxman, Chicago Sun-Times

    Goodman Theatre’s productions of the piece, which the company now is staging for the 45th time (a fact deserving of a jaw-dropping emoji!), has contributed to Chicago’s very development as a world-class theater city by nurturing new generations of ticket-buyers...


  • Larry Yando, The Chicago Sun-Times

    Actor Larry Yando truly knows what it means to be a Scrooge

    Catey Sullivan, Chicago Sun-Times

    In the 45 years since the Goodman Theatre premiered its annual staging of A Christmas Carol, one Ebenezer Scrooge has dominated the seasonal tradition. This year marks the 15th year actor Larry Yando brandishes the “bah humbugs” of Charles Dickens’ infamous miser...


  • the ripple, the wave that carried me home cast

    Introducing the Cast & Creative Team of the ripple, the wave that carried me home

    Christina Anderson’s new play, directed by Jackson Gay includes a cast of four featuring Brianna Buckley (Gayle/Young Chipper Ambitious Black Woman), Christiana Clark (Janice), Ronald L. Conner (Edwin) and Aneisa J. Hicks (Helen).


  • New Stages, American Theatre Magazine

    Goodman Theatre Announces 18th New Stages Festival

    American Theatre Magazine

    The festival will feature work from playwrights Donja R. Love, Charlie Oh, Omer Abbas Salem, Gina Femia, Nancy García Loza, and Jeffrey Lieber...



Today's Goodman Theatre traces its roots back to the dream of multifaceted artist, Kenneth Sawyer Goodman, who worked to open Chicago's first major theater and training program from drama students at the Chicago Art Institute.

Goodman's parents took up his cause after his death and in the fall of 1925, the Kenneth Sawyer Goodman Memorial Theatre opened its doors. Our Full History >

Visitor Info

Getting to the Goodman is easy.

Our central location is in close proximity to I-55, I-90/94, I-290 and Lake Shore Drive, as well as all major CTA rail lines and many bus routes. Multiple parking lots are located near the theater, and Goodman patrons have options for discounted parking rates. More help getting here.

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