‘Tis the season at The Palace: Charles Shaughnessy of ‘The Nanny’ fame takes the stage as Scrooge

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Charles Shaughnessy, of TV’s ‘The Nanny’ fame, will play Ebenezer Scrooge in this year’s Palace production of ‘A Christmas Carol.”

MANCHESTER, NH  Is it really Christmas if you don’t see “A Christmas Carol”? This beloved favorite is once again returning to the Palace Theatre. Seeing this beautiful show has become a tradition for many over the years, and will be here again, continuing to spread holiday cheer throughout the Queen City.

Based on the book by Charles Dickens, this touching and heartfelt story will be taken to a whole new level as the role of Ebenezer Scrooge this year will be played by renowned stage and television actor Charles Shaughnessy.

Fran Drescher, left, and Charles Shaughnessy, made a dynamic comedic duo in “The Nanny.”

Best known to American audiences as Mr. Sheffield on the CBS hit show “The Nanny” opposite Fran Drescher, the British-born Shaughnessy also starred for years in the role of Shane Donovan on the daytime series “Days of Our Lives.” He recently portrayed Saint John Powers on AMC’s critically acclaimed series “Mad Men.” Shaughnessy’s many stage appearances include the triple Tony Award-winning Broadway musical UrinetownPasadena Playhouse’s acclaimed production of Orson’s Shadow and perennial favorites, including Camelot and My Fair Lady.

“A Christmas Carol” takes place in London in the mid-1800s, and tells a tale of redemption centered around the bitter and selfish old Ebenezer Scrooge, whom in the midst of the holiday season learns the value of giving and what it means to be kind to the less fortunate. His old partner, Bob Marley, visits Scrooge from beyond the grave and tells him that three ghosts will haunt him.

The ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future come to show Scrooge the true meaning of Christmas. Scrooge witnesses the decisions he has made that influenced his life and learns the importance of kindness.

Scrooge’s clerk, Bob Cratchit, is struggling at home to provide for his family. Scrooge sees the conditions that Cratchit family must endure and the poor health of Tiny Tim. The spirits teach Scrooge that having money does not make you rich, it is the relationships and values you hold that make you rich.

This heartwarming story was Voted Best Live Theatrical Production and Best Theatre Event of the Year in Manchester by Hippo Magazine. – Music, lyrics, and arrangements are by the Palace’s own Joel Mercier.

Filled with lively song and dance, special effects, actors from across the country a live orchestra, and all your favorite holiday music, this full-scale professional production is a must for family holiday memories. The show runs from December 1 – 23, 2017.

Tickets for A Christmas Carol may be purchased by calling the Palace Theatre Box Office at 603-668-5588 or online at www.palacetheatre.org. Tickets range from $25-$46 depending on seating. Season subscriptions, Flex Tickets and a variety of group rates are available. AARP members and their guests receive a $10 per adult ticket discount. The discounted performances will be held December 1 through December 23 at The Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover Street, in downtown Manchester. Performances will be held at both 2 and 7:30 pm. To receive the $10 per Adult ticket discount, use the code ACTIVE.

As a special treat there will be a pre-show reception on December 2, from 1-2 p.m. with cupcakes and beverages.  Stop by and meet AARP New Hampshire staff and volunteers and find out more about what AARP is doing in your community. 


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A Christmas Carol is generously sponsored by Bellwether Community Credit Union, Fratellos Restaurant and NH’s PBS Station.

About the Palace Theatre

The Palace Theatre is a nonprofit performing arts center that hosts its own professional company, youth and teen program, and presenting acts. It is committed to achieving its mission through preserving the historic facilities of the theater, responding creatively to the cultural and entertainment needs of the community, and governing in a fiscally responsible and strategic manner. For information about pricing, visit the Palace Theatre’s website at www.palacetheatre.org.