The Christmas Revels

Washington Revels presents
the 36th annual production of The Christmas Revels



An Elizabethan Celebration of the Winter Solstice

Weekends, December 8-16

Spend a festive holiday evening with the Queen — Elizabeth the First, that is! The year is 1599, England is swept up in a flowering of music and drama, and master Shakespearean actor and fool Will Kemp has become an overnight sensation by Morris dancing from London to the town of Norwich in just nine days! Queen Elizabeth herself is also on the way to Norwich, and the locals enlist Kemp’s help as they prepare a Winter play worthy of Her Majesty. But Elizabeth has left the trappings of court far behind — and she has much more rustic entertainment in mind.

Mummers plays meet A Midsummer Night’s Dream in this boisterous blend of high and low, city and country, art and folk, along with timeless Revels favorites: rousing carol sing-alongs, dancing in the aisles, children’s singing games, the eerily hypnotic Abbots Bromley horn dance, and the glorious tones of the Washington Revels Brass.

Experience the magic of the season this December with Mark Jaster as Will Kemp, Sabrina Mandell as the ringleader of some very Rude Mechanicals, Katrina Van Duyn as Queen Elizabeth, the world-renowned early music ensemble Piffaro: The Renaissance Band, the Rock Creek Morris Women, and Washington Revels’ cast — ages 8-88 — of courtiers, villagers, and some would-be thespians as we celebrate the Winter Solstice in true Elizabethan style. Welcome Yule!

This year's cast includes four Potomac students — two 5th graders, one 4th grader, and one 3rd grader — plus beloved Intermediate School science teacher Bill Hoffmann and the parents of three Potomac "lifers".


Special 20% Potomac Discount.*
Saturday, December 8

2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium (Washington, DC)

*Offer in effect through Friday, December 7
or whenever 200 discount seats are sold.


The Revels Tradition at The Potomac School

Potomac’s involvement with the Revels dates back over 50 years, when Revels founder John M. (“Jack”) Langstaff, beloved music teacher and Music Director at Potomac from 1955 to 1967, gathered his students to create seasonal celebrations of the winter solstice and the rebirth of spring. Elements of those celebrations remain part of Potomac’s holiday assemblies and May Day festivities. Potomac alumni and teachers helped form Washington Revels in 1983. Potomac students made up the children’s chorus in that first Christmas Revels and (along with many other members of the Potomac community) have acted and sung in every show since then. Washington Revels' allocation to Potomac of up to 200 discounted tickets for two shows on the first weekend also dates back to 1983.

Potomac has recognized Jack Langstaff by naming the Engelhard Center auditorium after him. For its part, the Revels, celebrating the universal themes of the renewal of light and life through the prisms of different cultures, and the common responses that bind the human family together, honors values that have helped shape Potomac for over a century.



The first Revels organization was founded in 1971 by Jack Langstaff in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Revels companies are now active in nine cities across the United States. Each city is an independent nonprofit institution with its own board, office and artistic staff, and separate finances. An umbrella organization, Revels, Inc., maintains artistic standards for all cities, researches traditional materials from many cultures, and assists with scripts and music. Washington Revels, the fourth Revels company, was founded in 1983. After a quarter-century in the District of Columbia, Washington Revels relocated to new premises in Silver Spring, Maryland in October 2009. Our multi-purpose facility—including a studio space that accommodates rehearsals, performances for audiences of up to 100, and after-school workshops for kids—has enabled Washington Revels to expand educational programming, staged celebrations, and community involvement for the entire Washington metropolitan area.

Find out more about Washington Revels at

Find more about the origins of the Revels by reading about Revels founder Jack Langstaff.

Experience Revels music through Revels Recordings and Songbooks.

For help, contact Laura Miller, Director of Alumni Relations.



Continuing a 36-year tradition, Washington Revels is offering the Potomac community a 20% discount on up to 200 tickets for the Saturday, December 8: 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm shows.
This special Potomac offer is in effect through Friday, December 7 or whenever 200 discount seats are sold.

Ticket Price (after 20% discount)
Youth ages 18 and under

Orchestra A-N (2 center sections)
Adults $48 | Youth $32
Orchestra A-N (2 side sections)
Adults $40 | Youth $25.60
Terrace AA-JJ :
Adults $36 | Youth $21.60
Terrace KK-RR :
Adults $24 | Youth $16
Terrace SS-UU :
Adults $14.40 | Youth $9.60
Wheelchairs (Row N) :
Adults $48 | Youth $32 (center sections)
Adults $40 | Youth $25.60 (side sections)

Service charges: $2.50 per ticket + $3.50 per order.

2) Click on the link for either the 2:00 pm or 7:30 pm show on Saturday, December 8. Select your seats, then click the black box that says "Check Out."
3) On the next page page, enter “Potomac2018” into the discount box and click "Apply." The pricing on that page will change to reflect the discount. Click the red "Check Out" box to complete the payment.