NPR logo Jonathan Winters' 'A Christmas Carol'

Jonathan Winters' 'A Christmas Carol'

Listen to 'A Christmas Carol'

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/4225458/4225459" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Comedian Jonathan Winters JonathanWinters.com hide caption

toggle caption
JonathanWinters.com

"Marley was dead, to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. Old Marley was as dead as a doornail."

So begins A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Some say this short story, first published in 1843, transformed Christmas into a major holiday. Before A Christmas Carol, there was surprisingly little celebration during the Christmas season. After its publication, the holiday became a high point of the year. The tale has inspired movies, operas, readings and countless stage performances around the globe.

Master comedian Jonathan Winters presents a distinctive reading of this holiday classic, using a special performing edition prepared by Dickens for his own presentations. He re-creates Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, Jacob Marley's spirit and the three Christmas ghosts: Past, Present and Future. Mimi Kennedy also performs.

Produced by National Public Radio and KCRW.