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A Christmas Carol - December 4-27, 2015

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Celebrate McCarter’s critically-acclaimed production of A Christmas Carol before we welcome a reimagined version in 2016. Now’s the time—don’t miss this chance to embrace the magic of the holiday season and bring your family to join Ebenezer Scrooge on his transformative journey as he discovers the true meaning of Christmas.

Bach's Brandenburgs - December 14, 2015
This Princeton holiday tradition brings together the 20-plus resident members of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center plus guest artists—an all-star lineup performing one of music’s most enduring masterpieces all in one evening.

Taylor Mac - Dec. 15-16, 2015
For nearly two decades, singer/songwriter/performance artist/playwright Taylor Mac has created internationally award-winning performance events that at once provoke and embrace his diverse audience. A 24-Decade History of Popular Music is his most ambitious project to date—a subjective history of the past 240 years since America’s founding, told through the music of the times. His look at 1846–1856, Whitman vs. Foster: Songs Popular Near the Breaking Point, is a showdown between Walt Whitman, the Bard of Democracy, and Stephen Foster, the father of American music.

Christine Ebersole - December 12, 2015
A longtime fixture of the New York cabaret scene, two-time Tony Award winner Christine Ebersole has her first new show in two years, which knocked critics for a loop this past season and was extended not once, but twice, at NYC’s 54 Below. Entitled Big Noise from Winnetka, it was created by Christine together with her longtime music director Bette Sussman and incorporates such song selections as Alfie, Woodstock, Landslide, and Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.

McCarter Theatre Center Located in beautiful historic Princeton , NJ , Tony Award-winning McCarter Theater Center is recognized as one of the nation’s leading regional theatre companies. The Center is home to two distinctive auditoriums, allowing McCarter to both present and produce a wide range of performances. From Theater, Classical Music and Jazz, to Dance, Pop, and World events, McCarter has it all.


The Matthews Theatre Auditorium

The magnificent 1100 seat Matthews Theatre , located in the main building, was recently renovated thanks to the generosity of Princeton University . The new handcrafted imported lighting fixtures, rich velvet covered seats, new carpeting, and a welcoming color scheme, maintain the original dignity and charm of the 75 year old house. The auditorium, which includes Premium Orchestra, Front and Rear Orchestra, Front and Rear Balcony, and Box/Grand Tier sections, has superb acoustics and sightlines from any seat and boasts state-of-the-art computerized sound and lighting systems. Some of the greatest performers in the world have graced this stage including such artists as James Stewart, George Balanchine, Lucille Ball, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis Jr., The Grateful Dead, Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, Dustin Hoffman, Bruce Springsteen, Arthur Miller, and Luciano Pavarotti, just to name a few.


The Berlind Theatre Auditorium

This dynamic new contemporary 360-seat performance space, which opened for McCarter’s 2003-2004 season, was designed by award-winning architect Hugh Hardy. The auditorium features stepped stadium seating that allows excellent visibility of the stage from all seats for an intimate and unique theatrical experience. Rows are lettered A through Q, so every location is equivalent to sitting in the front orchestra in the Matthews theater, and are numbered in the same way as the Matthews. There are 4 entrances on two levels and two center aisles with handrails to ease the flow of patrons locating their seats. 


The Room in the Berlind

The Berlind Theatre also houses a large rehearsal hall that doubles as a 75-seat flexible performance space. New, experimental, and works in process are presented during the course of the season in this theater-within-a-theater. These readings and small productions are open to the general public free or at a nominal ticket price.

The lockwood and west lobbies

The Matthews Theatre has two beautiful and spacious lobbies that can accommodate groups wishing to host a fundraiser, reception, or celebration in conjunction with a theater performance. Please refer to the GROUP SERVICES section of the website for more details.

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McCarter is grateful for the support of our corporate impresarios.
New Jersey State Council on the Arts
This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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