1.

Mean to Merry

Old Vic: In Camera—A Christmas Carol. This version of the Charles Dickens classic, adapted by Jack Thorne, was an instant success when it premiered in 2017. It takes a minimalist approach to Scrooge (played this year by Andrew Lincoln), who despite his wealth leads a cheerless locked-in life, and a maximal approach to the living, giving world around him (which in the theater includes the audience). This year the show is livestreamed from London’s Old Vic. (December 12–24, oldvictheatre.com)

Francesca Hayward as Clara in the Royal Ballet’s Nutcracker, streaming on December 22.

2.

Visions of Sugar Plums

Ballet is perhaps the least socially distanced of all the performing arts, so most companies are skipping The Nutcracker this year. Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet and the Miami City Ballet, however, are presenting the ballet live (with a reduced number of tickets per coronavirus requirements).