A Christmas Carol 2021

.9th SMASH Year!

A Christmas Carol at the Merchant’s House
Charles Dickens in New York, 1867

Strictly limited engagement
December 1 to December 31
Tickets $55-125. Run-time one hour.

All ticket sales are final.
Proof of vaccination and masks are required. Reduced seating capacity.
Children under the age of 12 will not be admitted.

See right sidebar for tickets and performance schedule.

Spectators buying tickets for Dickens's reading at Steinway Hall in New York City, 1867

Spectators buying tickets for Dickens’s reading at Steinway Hall, on 14th Street near Union Square, 1867


In December 1867, Charles Dickens arrived in New York City for a month of sold-out performances of his beloved holiday classic, A Christmas Carol.


“… we shall never have any entertainments more charming, or more full of genuine, legitimate and elevating pleasure …”
The New York Times, 1867

“The Christmas Carol becomes doubly enchanting when one hears it performed by Dickens.”
New York Herald, 1867

Join Mr. Dickens, portrayed by John Kevin Jones, as he tells his timeless Christmas tale in the elegant intact Greek Revival double parlor of the landmark 1832 Merchant’s House Museum.

John Kevin Jones in A Christmas Carol at the Merchant's House

Surrounded by 19th century holiday decorations, flickering candles, and richly appointed period furnishings, audiences will be transported back 150 years in this captivating one-hour performance created from Dickens’ own script.

A Christmas Reception with Mr. Dickens! Toast the season with a cup of “Smoking Bishop” (mulled wine) and enjoy a special performance of “A Visit from St. Nicholas” by Mr. Dickens himself. The 19th century family room, kitchen, and garden (weather permitting) will be open to guests during the reception. Select performances only.


“Masterful storytelling”           “True to Dickens’ voice”           “A tour de force”
“… a celebration of not only the holiday season, but of the value of everyday kindness.”

A Christmas Carol at the Merchant’s House, Charles Dickens in New York, 1867, is presented by Summoners Ensemble Theatre in association with the Merchant’s House Museum and directed by Dr. Rhonda Dodd.