Virginia Beach History Museums presents Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” like you have never seen before!

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

​One man plays more than forty roles in a truly unique adaptation of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" in this limited engagement for Virginia Beach audiences!

Dickens' timeless tale of personal transformation and celebration of the Christmas spirit comes to life and spills into a dynamic and up-close theatrical experience. The performances will take place Friday, Dec. 13 and Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Lynnhaven House Colonial Education Center, 405 Wishart Rd.

For two nights only, audiences can experience "A Christmas Carol" like never before with Virginia Commission for the Arts actor, John Hardy. From the first moment of the play until the last, this nationally acclaimed actor never leaves the stage and he never changes costume! How then does he manage to portray over 40 characters? Defining characters through variations of voice, accent, mannerisms and physicality make for a mesmerizing experience as audiences witness both subtle and dramatic transformations throughout the presentation.

"Most of the time, when acting in a play of film, an actor has the job of creating one character. The challenge of creating 40 is the reason this production is a unique event to experience," explains Hardy. "Even if an audience member has seen a previous production of A Christmas Carol, they have not seen it done like this."

The Lynnhaven House Colonial Education Center is transformed into a Victorian era Christmas cottage and studio theater for this exclusive experience. The performance is presented in one act, running approximately 75 minutes, and will be followed by a post-show holiday reception. The performance is made possible in part through a grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Audiences are invited to stay and meet Mr. Hardy to learn more about his dedication to Dickens and the theatre while enjoying cider, hot cocoa, cookies, and Victorian Christmas music played on a dulcimer by members of the Itinerate Band. The festive reception, Dickensian greeters, and Victorian Music from members of the Itinerate Band are presented thanks to the Friends of Historic Houses of Virginia Beach. Stunning fresh floral arrangements are donated by the Council of Garden Clubs members.

Each night will feature special raffles during the reception. While the program is acceptable for any age, it is best suited to audiences age ten and older.

A limited number of seats are available for each evening's performance and celebration. Doors open at 7 p.m., showtime is at 7:30 p.m., with the reception following the performance. Tickets are $15.00 per person and available for purchase online at:

Tickets may also be purchased at the Francis Land House, 3131 Virginia Beach Blvd., Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by calling (757) 385-5100.

John Hardy is endorsed by the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and has received national recognition for his one-man play, Rattlesnake. Hardy has a special relationship with this Dickens classic. "When I was living in New York City, I was cast in an Off-Broadway production of A Christmas Carol. It was my first professional role in New York City. Since then, I have been in four different productions, so it is a special story for me, one that seems to follow me through my career," says Hardy. The challenge of creating a one-man adaptation that truly embodied Dickens' intention to emphasize the celebration of the Christmas Spirit all year, is in no better hands than John Hardy's, as the actor has also distinguished himself as a playwright with more than two hundred presentations of fifteen plays across the country and overseas. His career, spanning thirty-five years of work in theatre and film includes numerous Shakespearean roles in plays such as Othello, Macbeth, Taming of the Shrew, Romeo & Juliet, Henry V, and Julius Caesar to One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Man of La Mancha, Tom Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie, and a national tour of Of Mice and Men among others. He has worked with many theaters across the country including The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Barter Theater in Virginia, The Duke City Repertory Theatre, The American Southwest Theatre Company, The Omaha Theatre Company, Cape Fear Regional Theatre, The Nebraska Shakespeare Festival, and Off-Broadway at the The Lamb's Theatre. For more information on John Hardy, please visit

The City of Virginia Beach History Museums include the Thoroughgood House, the Francis Land House, the Lynnhaven House, and the Union Kempsville Museum. They are part of the City's Cultural Affairs Department. As part of the municipal government of the City of Virginia Beach, the Cultural Affairs Department engages residents and visitors through meaningful arts, heritage, and cultural experiences to connect and strengthen communities.

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