The enduring popularity of the Guthrie Theater’s A Christmas Carol, now approaching its 45th year, can be largely attributed to a willingness to continually rework the show in surprising new ways without compromising the core narrative that drives Charles Dickens’ redemption tale. Audiences can expect to follow the Yuletide travails of quintessential miser Ebenezer Scrooge as he faces a spiritual intervention. Returning director Lauren Keating will distill full poignancy from Crispin Whittell’s streamlined script, a dynamic adaptation widely lauded for putting the focus squarely on Scrooge as his ruthless greed is relinquished in the rediscovery of his humanity. For the plum role of Scrooge, the Guthrie is fortunate to be bringing back the ever-charismatic Nathaniel Fuller. Switching things up, select performances will feature an alternate take on Scrooge, courtesy of the eminently talented Charity Jones.