The Christmas Revels:
In Celebration of the Winter Solstice
december 17-29, 2021 (live performances)
Harvard University's Sanders Theatre, Cambridge, MA
(Virtual edition available December 30 - January 9 only. Details to follow.)
Tickets - On Sale Now!
Revels COVID 19 Performance Protocols Updated September 28, 2021
About This Year's Production
Our 51st Christmas Revels takes place in the present day at the George and Dragon, a 17th-century English pub famous for its annual Christmas carol party and saved from economic extinction by an American couple. Sadly for the carolers, last year’s celebration had to be canceled due to the pandemic. The regulars are looking forward to reestablishing the traditional sing-along but the hiccup in tradition has disturbed the space/time continuum and triggered an audit by a fussy Revels bureaucrat from the 17th century. Along with his Elizabethan entourage he will be making an official visit to the 21st century to put things back in order.
Will the current managers of the George and Dragon be able to regain their license for revelry? What will Elizabethans think of the modern song list? What happens when music and dance from the Renaissance collides with the horn section of a pub band and the street-wise locals from the 21st century? In our telling of the story, old and new ways meet, and the world gets a little bigger. We think that there is something here for everyone to enjoy as we celebrate the season as only Revels can!
We can't wait to see you all in-person and 'revel' with you again. There is a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel - and as you know, "the return of the light" is what The Christmas Revels is all about!
This year, The Christmas Revels is delighted to join forces with another beloved holiday tradition to celebrate music and dance throughout the ages - City Ballet of Boston's "Urban Nutcracker"! As part of a new collaboration between the two organizations, Tony Tucker, a choreographer from "Urban Nutcracker," and Revels choreographer Gillian Stewart, will stage new dances for this year’s Christmas Revels performances in Cambridge, merging street dance with traditional English dance with surprising results.
Other members of our all-star cast include musician and longtime Christmas Revels song leader David Coffin, singer Carolyn Saxon, actors William Forchion, Regie Gibson, Paula Plum and Richard Snee, Happenstance Theater's Mark Jaster and Sabrina Selma Mandell, the Revels Chorus of adults and children, a great band of musicians - and YOU! (Audience participation is greatly encouraged.)
Tickets to the live performance at Sanders Theater on sale now!
Tickets for the virtual performance on sale November 15.
Enjoy The Christmas Revels from the comforts of home. An enhanced, live video recording of the 2021 Christmas Revels will be available for anytime viewing from December 30 – January 9. Tickets go on sale November 15 through Revels. Details will be announced shortly.
This year, The Christmas Revels will run differently than in years past. As COVID-19 continues to be a concern for our community, we are taking steps to ensure safety for all Revelers. This year’s performance will be one 90-minute act with no intermission.
With the aim of protecting the health and safety of all Christmas Revels audience members, performers, and staff, we welcome you to our in-person performances at Sanders Theatre with the following COVID-19 policies:
Patrons must be masked at all times
Patrons must attest to their current health status
(e.g., no symptoms or recent exposure to others with COVID-19)
Patrons must provide
proof of full vaccination against COVID-19
Proof may be provided by showing one’s physical CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card, a photo of one’s card, or a digital vaccine record
a negative COVID-19 test
All patrons, including those under 12 years old, who are NOT able to provide proof of full vaccination must provide documentation of a negative COVID-19 PCR or Antigen test taken within the last 72 hours
a valid photo ID
Examples include a driver’s license, passport, state-issued ID, or school ID
Children without a photo ID may enter accompanied by an adult who has satisfied the above requirements and can verify the test results
Regrettably, out of concern for everyone’ safety, children two years of age and younger are not permitted to attend this year’s performance. We invite families with very young children to view this year’s virtual program.
Patrons are asked to ARRIVE EARLY to allow enough time for documentation verification prior to the start of the performance.
Please be advised that the ticket purchaser is responsible for informing all members of their party about these requirements.
A full list of our COVID Performance Protocols can be found here. Updated September 28, 2021
*December 17 and December 19 performances will have ASL interpreters.