PETER CRATCHIT, ESQ.

FULL-LENGTH IN ONE ACT: 40 years after Scrooge's sojourn among the spirits, Bob Cratchit's eldest son, Peter has been left holding the bag, running the charitable foundation that Scrooge and his father began, fed up with the endless demands on his time, sympathy, and patience, and learning to complete loath Christmas. When he reaches a crisis, he is visited by his own Christmas ghosts, in the...
FULL-LENGTH IN ONE ACT: 40 years after Scrooge's sojourn among the spirits, Bob Cratchit's eldest son, Peter has been left holding the bag, running the charitable foundation that Scrooge and his father began, fed up with the endless demands on his time, sympathy, and patience, and learning to complete loath Christmas. When he reaches a crisis, he is visited by his own Christmas ghosts, in the persons of Bob Cratchit, Jacob Marley and Ebenezer Scrooge, respectively. Together they review Peter's life; how he became a naturally generous boy; fell in love; sacrificed a career as a musician so that the-formerly-Tiny Tim could become a surgeon, became fettered to an office, and over time, losing the spirit and meaning of Christmas. Of course, he is redeemed at the end and conducts a lively celebration. Overtones of IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE are blended with those of A CHRISTMAS CAROL to provide a new-but-old Christmas entertainment.
  • Recommend
  • Download
  • Save to Reading List

PETER CRATCHIT, ESQ.

Recommended by

  • Philip Middleton Williams:
    21 Apr. 2020
    Christmas in August? Why not? This tale, this carol, taking the beloved Dickens story and making it just as meaningful and spiritual -- in every sense -- as the original gives added meaning to what giving and life is all about. Kerr Lockhart's inventiveness and his way with both the characters and their setting brings dimension to them that would be wondrous to behold. But unlike the original "A Christmas Carol," this is a play that deserves to be seen all year around.
  • David Hansen:
    14 Apr. 2020
    A sequel to Dickens's classic, the son of Bob and Emily Cratchit is the director of the charitable organization left behind by Ebenezer Scrooge. Lockhart creates snappy, witty conversation, and peoples the story with characters original and familiar, a celebration of the world of non-profit and the pople in it. It's a new holiday classic!
  • Doug DeVita:
    20 Mar. 2020
    This is just wonderful! I love everything about it: revisiting beloved characters and meeting them in a new light, the sublimely theatrical possibilities for staging, and most of all, the love that Lockhart has for his characters, his subject matter, and the source material – a love that shines through with every word. As Chelsea Frandsen noted in her recommendation: this should be a Holiday staple. Perhaps produced in rep with the Dickens' original?

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Play Readings With Friends
    ,
    2020
  • Reading
    ,
    Leonia Players Guild
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    St. James Players, Upper Montclair, NJ
    ,
    2017