Why Watch A Christmas Carol
Originally written by Charles Dickens in 1843, A Christmas Carol follows the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, who is transformed into a kinder and gentler man. Dickens wrote the novel in an age where carols were being re-evaluated and newer customs such as Christmas trees were becoming the norm.
Jack Thorne, an Olivier and Tony Award-winning playwright has adapted this classic tale for the stage, and it has been hailed as absorbing and atmospheric. He ensures that the Victorian exuberance of Dickens’ original is not lost, and even entertains audiences who already know the story very well. Matthew Warchus captures the atmosphere perfectly, and the intricate details such as the abundance of fake snow, a turkey and beautiful torches make the play absolutely breathtaking to witness.
Ebenezer Scrooge is a miserly and mean-spirited man who is unkind to those who work for him. Although well off, he refuses to give to charity and is also rude to his nephew. One day when Scrooge gets home, the ghost of his former business partner, Jacob Marley visits him, along with three other ghosts; Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future.
Christmas Present takes Scrooge to Bob Cratchit's home. There, he sees Tiny Tim, who although very ill, is full of spirit and life. It also takes him to his nephew’s Christmas celebrations, which he had been invited to, but had rebuffed. Christmas Past takes Scrooge on a journey through Christmases from his past, and Scrooge sees himself as a man more in love with money than his beautiful fiancee. Christmas Future shows him a vision that absolutely terrifies old Scrooge.
Will these experiences cause Scrooge to realize the errors of his ways and turn over a new leaf? Or will he remain miserable and alone, and continue to hate Christmas for the foreseeable future?
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“Not even Scrooge himself could dislike this.”
“Old Vic's atmospheric show brings joy, sadness and seasonal magic.”
– Evening Standard