Center Theatre Group - L.A.'s Theatre Company

A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens


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Performance Length

Act 1: 46mins
15mins intermission
Act 2: 46mins


Jan 10 at 7:30pm

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Recommended for ages 16+
Adult Humor

Children 6 and under who may cry or fidget are never admitted.


Adult Humor, Language and Audience Participation
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"The entire recent tradition of American satire can be summed up in three words: The Second City."

- The New York Times

With its trademark humor, irreverence and originality, The Second City is giving the classic Charles Dickens’ Christmas tale a hearty twist.

Dickens' famous Victorian streets spring to life as Scrooge, Tiny Tim, that fat, plucked goose and those know-it-all ghosts find themselves hopelessly mixed up with anachronistic characters, hilarious improv and an ever-changing stable of starry, drop-in special guests. A recipe chock full of Holiday hilarity! 

"A stage full of goofballs... In its twisted way the show spreads just the right amount of holiday cheer.”


A Christmas CarolThe Second City scoured their address book to assemble a gaggle of luminary alumni to create this world premiere.  Writers Peter Gwinn (formerly of The Colbert Report) and Bobby Mort (currently of The Colbert Report) join Director Marc Warzecha (Resident Director, The Second City) and a cast which features Frank Caeti (MADtv), Larry Joe Campbell (According to Jim), Dan Castellaneta (The Simpsons), Amanda Blake Davis (Second City Does Dallas at the Dallas Theatre Center), Brian Stepanek (The Suite Life of Zack and Cody), Jean Villepique (Up All Night) and Ron West (3rd Rock From the Sun).

The Second City, the legendary comedy theater that specializes in sketch comedy and improvisation, has delighted audiences for over 50 years. Famous alumni include: Mike Myers, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, John Candy, John Belushi, Catherine O'Hara, Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert and more.

Special Surprise Guest Appearances

Special guests will be appearing in cameo roles throughout the run of  The Second City’s A Christmas Carol: Twist Your DickensClick here for a list of guests.  We won’t know until performance time who will appear, and the lineup may change.

Recommended for ages 16+

The Second City is known world-wide for its unique brand of humor and satire.  Adult humor is used throughout this production and we suggest that parents bring children over age sixteen.  


Don't Be a Scrooge Food Drive - Benefiting the Los Angeles Food Bank

LA Food BankThe Cratchits are not the only needy family this Christmas.  In the spirit of the season we're asking you to bring a nonperishable food item to the theatre to the Kirk Douglas Theatre when you come to see the show.  Everyone who donates to the food drive will be entered into a raffle to win tickets to future CTG productions.  For a list of the best foods to donate to the food bank, click here.

Check out great discounts with all our Culver City partners!

A Christmas Carol See The Second City bring the joy of laughter at Opening Night.

Off stage and unscripted

A Christmas Carol

Watch hilarious improv moments with the cast.
“The True Meaning of Christmas”
“Cherry Missmas?”
“Child Work”


Holiday Ice Rink - Culver CityThere’s ice in the forecast with the seasonal debut of HOLIDAY ICE RINK in Culver City, presented by MelroseMAC, open everyday November 20, 2012 through January 7, 2013.

Dazzling in winter splendor, patrons can celebrate the holiday season while gliding under the southland’s sun and stars on the picturesque rink nestled in the trendy downtown district at 9300 Culver Blvd. Click here for tickets and session details.



  • Written by
    Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort
  • Directed by
    Marc Warzecha
  • Frank Caeti
  • Larry Joe Campbell
  • Dan Castellaneta
  • Amanda Blake Davis
  • Brian Stepanek
  • Jean Villepique
  • Ron West

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