Valley Shakespeare Festival presents Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

Valley Shakespeare Festival will present its third annual script-in-hand dramatic reading of Charles Dickens’ immortal classic, “A Christmas Carol” at Shelton’s Plumb Memorial Library on Friday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 12 at 1 p.m.

The production will be held upstairs in the library’s elegant 1895 Romanesque Revival-style Reading Room. With its soaring cathedral ceiling, Victorian wing chairs and massive fireplace, there is no better place to experience Dickens’ classic story of the spirit of Christmas and the power of redemption.

The performance is being presented to the public free of charge with a suggested donation of $10 per person.

Valley Shakespeare Festival is a federally-certified non-profit theatre company based in Shelton. It is known throughout the Valley as the company which performs free full-length productions of Shakespeare plays in Shelton’s Riverwalk-Veterans Memorial Park each summer in July.  It is also known for its infamous Shakespeare in the Bar series which runs twice yearly at Porky’s Café in Shelton, most recently selling out the venue with its script in hand adaption of The Tempest.

A Christmas Carol, adapted for the event by VSF’s Executive/Artistic Director Tom Simonetti, will be performed with minimal props and costuming and a cast of local and out-of-state actors, many of whom returning audience members will recognize from previous VSF productions.

A reception of light refreshments will follow both performances at which time the cast and crew will be available to socialize with audience members. Plumb Memorial Library is located at 65 Wooster Street in Shelton.

For more information or to make reservations, call Valley Shakespeare Festival at 203-513-9446 or visit

Seating is limited, so please reserve your place early and begin your holiday season by celebrating the true spirit of Christmas with this classic tale for all ages.

Valley Shakespeare Festival is a 501(c)(3)non-profit theatre company dedicated to bringing free theater to the communities of the lower Naugatuck Valley and beyond.