It's a Wonderful Life

A Live Radio Play

adapted by Joe Landry

This inventive twist on Frank Capra’s classic film brings the ever-timely story of disaster, redemption and holiday magic to life on stage before your eyes and ears. It’s Christmas Eve, 1946, and five actors have gathered in WMAQ Studio A for a live radio broadcast, ready to take on dozens of characters and recreate Bedford Falls with live foley sound effects and virtuosic, high-energy performances. Even the cynics among us will cheer as George Bailey, standing on the brink of despair, famously learns that "no man is a failure who has friends.” For all ages.

Directed by Jeff Church

“Evocative and heartwarming.”
New York Times
“One of the best holiday shows around. Highly recommended.”
Chicago Tribune


Please note that the 12/31 2pm performance has been canceled due to icy and potentially unsafe road conditions.  The Walton Arts Center Box Office will contact patrons by phone to offer exchanges and refunds. 


From $17-$47

$10/Under 30
Discounts for groups

W—Fr 7:30pm
Sa  2pm & 7:30pm
Su  2pm & 7:00pm

110 minutes with a 10-minute intermission.

For all ages.

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Ticket Pricing

Preview Nights (First Wednesday & Thursday)

  • Side Seats: $17
  • Center Seats: $25

  • Wednesday Eve & Saturday Matinee
  • Side Seats: $25
  • Center Seats: $35

  • Prime (Thurs-Sat Eve, Sun Matinee)
  • Side: $35
  • Center: $44

  • Opening Night (First Friday)
  • Side Seats: $38
  • Center Seats: $48
  • Includes appetizers and drinks before the show, and a champagne toast and desserts with the cast after the show

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    Save 20% when you book your ticket as part of a package. Six-play packages start at just $89, with five-play and four-play passes also available. Subscribers also enjoy prime seats, unlimited free exchanges, restaurant discounts, National Stages membership and discounted reserved parking.



    For Access


    Thanks to support from the Walmart Foundation and others, patrons under the age of 30 pay just $10 while patrons with a SNAP benefits card pay just $5. Learn more >

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    Lead show sponsors Bob and Becky Alexander and show sponsors Scott and Shizuko Price, Stout Executive Search, and the Walmart Museum.