McCarter Theatre Center
McCarter Theatre Center
4.5
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Tuesday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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McCarter Theatre Center is recognized as one of the country’s leading theaters, and is the only organization in the country that is both a professional producing theater and a major presenter of the performing arts. With this identity comes a unique commitment to creating, developing and producing new work for the stage, reinvestigating classical theatrical repertoire, and bringing the best of the world’s performing artists to Central New Jersey.
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  • Cheri D
    Yardville, New Jersey424 contributions
    Nice venue overall
    We visited to see Dickens' A Christmas Carol and unlike the other reviews, we really enjoyed the performance, a different version for sure, but good. We thought that it was professionally done and appreciated the diversity and the telling of the story from a different viewpoint. The theatre itself isn't really accommodating for those with disabilities. There are lots of steps, not so well lit so they can improve upon that. I had had knee surgery a few weeks before, not even a knee replacement, but I had to be careful and take my time. Lots of steps to go down to the restrooms and as far as I know, I know of no elevator although these days, that seems impossible and in fact, should be required. Parking is also tough in Princeton so going early to any performance is advised. Overall, the venue is popular for plays, concerts, etc.
    Visited December 2022
    Written April 26, 2023
  • anthony c
    Trenton, New Jersey57 contributions
    STILL THE BEST!!
    We have been to McCarter countless times Maybe once to see a show at the Berlind were we disappointed. We are looking forward to starting anew with a new director and a new lineup of shows and music. The questions below were somewhat foolish. The last time were at McCarter was in November 2019. We been there with friends and many times it was just the two of us. If i may digress for a moment. The lineup under Emily Mann was somewhat fuddy duddy meaning very old school with the same shows coming back year after year. We have seen some outstanding musical offerings like the Do Wop Project; A night with Janice Joplin was incredible; Million Dollar Quartet etc. I hope the offerings under the new director improve and expand., none the less we will return!!!
    Visited July 2020
    Written June 30, 2021
  • PlatinumHoney
    Los Angeles, California2,109 contributions
    Lovely Local Theater Venue
    Didn’t particularly like the show we saw (Isaac Mizrachi) which was pretty old school and boring, but the theater itself is lovely with good seating and acoustics. Hard to find parking nearby, so need to plan accordingly if that’s how you plan to go there.
    Visited March 2020
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 4, 2020
  • Bill B
    1 contribution
    Absolute disappointment.
    My family and I have been to McCarter to see A Christmas Carol annually for the past 20 some odd years. We were so looking forward to seeing this again after co-vid, however, we were beyond disappointed in this new version of Dickens classic. The scenery and overall production paled in comparison to prior performances. Typically people are on their feet at the end applauding the play. This did not happen this year..nor should it have. If McCarter does not return to its prior production, we sadly, will not be returning anymore either.
    Visited December 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 21, 2022
  • Rae M
    1 contribution
    Very disappointing!
    We have seen A Christmas Carol probably a dozen times over the years and I was always very impressed about the performance but this year was so disappointing. After looking at the program I realized perhaps it was going to be more progressive with a woman playing Ebineezer. It was just plan weird because she was playing a man. And Bob Cratchett who was played by an Indian / Pakistani actor who at times was making Spanish references was just odd. The United nations cast was not even the issue it was more the changing of the script and weird dance at the end. Don't mess with a classic.
    Visited December 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 11, 2022
  • BoardwalkRunner
    New Jersey177 contributions
    Woke until you choke lackluster performance
    We’ve seen this several times but the 2022 rendition was terrible. They made it clearly a woke until you choke casting and disclosure with a lackluster performance at best. The production was lifeless and void of any emotion. Won’t be back unless it goes back to traditional A Christmas Carol Story as it was intended.
    Visited December 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written December 17, 2022
  • I Know
    3 contributions
    Absolute waste of money. Woke program
    I concur 100% with the reviews below. Absolutely the worst performance ever. Whomever allowed this to go on the way it did should be replaced immediately. Total waste of our hard earned money. Lackluster/woke agenda. Save your time and money folks.
    Visited December 2022
    Written December 20, 2022
  • 721TR
    Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania58 contributions
    Christmas Carol Play
    This play is a must see. The characters are so talented and perform with the upmost perfection. The graphics to the play keep you upbeat and on the edge. The celebration seen with all the talent on the stage and the music got me into the Christmas spirit. The facility itself is very organized and the staff is very professional. At intermission you can grab a snack and a drink, which is very convenient. I will definitely go again next year.
    Visited December 2016
    Traveled on business
    Written December 18, 2016
  • Rijamon
    Naples, Florida113 contributions
    An Institution
    I've lived away from the Princeton area for 25 years, but a visit to the village in January brought me to the Theatre for a performance of August Wilson's The Piano Lesson. A $25 ticket landed me front row, house left with a great pre-show talk about Wilson's Pittsburgh Cycle of plays. The facility remains first rate and the quality of the performance tells me McCarter hasn't lost a step during my long absence from her halls.
    Visited January 2016
    Traveled solo
    Written May 21, 2016
  • vacnyc
    12 contributions
    Horrible this year
    I have been going to this production for years and I have to say that this was the greatest disappointment!! The new Director was not wise in any way-the casting was horrible-This is Charles Dickens 1800’s piece not a political/diversity statement-No thought at all to the direction, casting or choreography- Scrooge as a woman? Really?? Why? To create a statement that a woman can play Scrooge? Two woman that are doing the fundraising in the 1800’s?? I don’t think so. Bob Cratchit and his family-really?? How do you get Asian, and African American children when the parents are Caucasian and Mexican or Spanish? This is not making a statement about diversity but ignorant. Also considering that we are done with COVID and masks, it was an insult to have a child in the production with a mask-NO ONE wants to see this and the understudy should have performed in place of this! There was no emotion or magic to this production-it was flat and unfeeling! The clips were short and there was absolutely no character building on any of the characters! Tiny Tim was completely not engaging at all nor the other children for that matter! Highly disappointed and the yearly exciting event that I have experienced in the past was not the case this year. I would stay true to what Charles Dickens intended and stop making this a political /diversion production. A complete waste!!!
    Visited December 2022
    Written December 19, 2022
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Bill B
1 contribution
Dec 2022 • Couples
My family and I have been to McCarter to see A Christmas Carol annually for the past 20 some odd years. We were so looking forward to seeing this again after co-vid, however, we were beyond disappointed in this new version of Dickens classic. The scenery and overall production paled in comparison to prior performances. Typically people are on their feet at the end applauding the play. This did not happen this year..nor should it have.
If McCarter does not return to its prior production, we sadly, will not be returning anymore either.
Written December 21, 2022
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Rae M
1 contribution
Dec 2022 • Couples
We have seen A Christmas Carol probably a dozen times over the years and I was always very impressed about the performance but this year was so disappointing. After looking at the program I realized perhaps it was going to be more progressive with a woman playing Ebineezer. It was just plan weird because she was playing a man. And Bob Cratchett who was played by an Indian / Pakistani actor who at times was making Spanish references was just odd. The United nations cast was not even the issue it was more the changing of the script and weird dance at the end. Don't mess with a classic.
Written December 11, 2022
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BoardwalkRunner
New Jersey177 contributions
Dec 2022 • Family
We’ve seen this several times but the 2022 rendition was terrible. They made it clearly a woke until you choke casting and disclosure with a lackluster performance at best. The production was lifeless and void of any emotion. Won’t be back unless it goes back to traditional A Christmas Carol Story as it was intended.
Written December 17, 2022
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I Know
3 contributions
Dec 2022
I concur 100% with the reviews below. Absolutely the worst performance ever. Whomever allowed this to go on the way it did should be replaced immediately. Total waste of our hard earned money. Lackluster/woke agenda. Save your time and money folks.
Written December 20, 2022
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721TR
Lake Ariel, PA58 contributions
Dec 2016 • Business
This play is a must see. The characters are so talented and perform with the upmost perfection. The graphics to the play keep you upbeat and on the edge. The celebration seen with all the talent on the stage and the music got me into the Christmas spirit. The facility itself is very organized and the staff is very professional. At intermission you can grab a snack and a drink, which is very convenient. I will definitely go again next year.
Written December 18, 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Rijamon
Naples, FL113 contributions
Jan 2016 • Solo
I've lived away from the Princeton area for 25 years, but a visit to the village in January brought me to the Theatre for a performance of August Wilson's The Piano Lesson. A $25 ticket landed me front row, house left with a great pre-show talk about Wilson's Pittsburgh Cycle of plays. The facility remains first rate and the quality of the performance tells me McCarter hasn't lost a step during my long absence from her halls.
Written May 21, 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

vacnyc
nyc12 contributions
Dec 2022
I have been going to this production for years and I have to say that this was the greatest disappointment!! The new Director was not wise in any way-the casting was horrible-This is Charles Dickens 1800’s piece not a political/diversity statement-No thought at all to the direction, casting or choreography- Scrooge as a woman? Really?? Why? To create a statement that a woman can play Scrooge? Two woman that are doing the fundraising in the 1800’s?? I don’t think so. Bob Cratchit and his family-really?? How do you get Asian, and African American children when the parents are Caucasian and Mexican or Spanish? This is not making a statement about diversity but ignorant. Also considering that we are done with COVID and masks, it was an insult to have a child in the production with a mask-NO ONE wants to see this and the understudy should have performed in place of this! There was no emotion or magic to this production-it was flat and unfeeling! The clips were short and there was absolutely no character building on any of the characters! Tiny Tim was completely not engaging at all nor the other children for that matter! Highly disappointed and the yearly exciting event that I have experienced in the past was not the case this year. I would stay true to what Charles Dickens intended and stop making this a political /diversion production. A complete waste!!!
Written December 19, 2022
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stephanie
Newtown, PA2 contributions
Dec 2022 • Family
We were distracted by thr women/girls playing male roles, Mr Cratchitt’s Indian accent and the forced feeling of diversity to the actors chosen that killed the credence of the play. I was disappointed as I had heard this was a great play years prior. I guess I missed its time.
Written December 18, 2022
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acfan3
Allentown, NJ158 contributions
Oct 2019 • Friends
I have been to McCarter theatre several times. The theater is small and good viewing from every seat is possible. Parking in the evenings is easy but for a matinee it might be tough. Princeton is a lovely area to walk in as well.
Written October 28, 2019
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Matt O
Jersey City, NJ2 contributions
Dec 2016 • Couples
Came to see A Christmas Carol on 12/17, and was blown away!

My first time in the theater, I did not know what to expect. The show went on perfectly and actually left me wanting more. I'm personally not a big live performance person, but after one like that, I'll have to visit again.
Written December 19, 2016
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