Patrick Stewart’s one-man performance of A Christmas Carol is no mere reading. Best known as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation, the Royal Shakespeare Company stalwart enacts each and every Fezziwig and Cratchit, none of the women or children excepted, plus a memorable gallery of walk-ons, several major ghosts, and of course Ebenezer Scrooge. Few novelists are adapted to dramatic ends more often than Charles Dickens and none for better reason: he wrote great characters and put them in great scenes. What almost always gets lost is the spellbinding voice of the storyteller. Not this time. Stewart does that, too.
His Christmas Carol plays Santa Barbara, November 23 and 24; Salt Lake City, November 30; Anchorage, December 7 and 8; Pasadena, December 14 and 15; and the Eugene O’Neill Theatre on Broadway, December 17 to 29 (212-518-3300). A recording on Simon and Schuster Audio Books is promised, also.