Being one of the longest-running yuletide traditions on Twin Cities stages, the Guthrie Theater’s annual production of A Christmas Carol will always be challenged to preserve enough familiar aspects to appease longtime fans while simultaneously revising enough elements to keep the show feeling fresh. Remarkably enough, even as the Guthrie embarks on the show’s 43rd production, A Christmas Carol remains the definitive standard of holiday theater. Much of the Guthrie’s success can be attributed to the energetic reworking of the adaptations, including the current text by British playwright Crispin Whittell, which brings a spirited energy to Dickens’ tale of Ebenezer Scrooge. Sumptuously designed, the immersive journey into Scrooge’s past, present, and future also stands to benefit from the assured direction of the Guthrie’s associate producer, Lauren Keating. Reprising the central role of Scrooge will be Nathaniel Fuller, a charismatic performer whose affinity for the work developed through his prior portrayals of virtually every character in the play. Audiences at select performances will be treated to another distinctive Scrooge courtesy of acclaimed Guthrie vet Charity Jones.