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About A Christmas Carol


Academy Award-winning actor Jim Broadbent makes his long-awaited return to the stage to play Scrooge in a new comic re-telling of A Christmas Carol, adapted by Patrick Barlow from Charles Dickens' classic story of greed, grief, ghoulish ghosts and eleventh hour redemption. Broadbent will be joined by Adeel Akhtar (Four Lions, Hamlet Young Vic), Amelia Bullmore (The Norman Conquests Old Vic, Scott & Bailey), Keir Charles (The White Devil RSC, Mydidae Soho Theatre) and Samantha Spiro (Hello Dolly Open Air Theatre, Bad Education). Puppeteers Jack Parker and Kim Scopes complete the ensemble.

From Scrooge and Tiny Tim to Bob Cratchit and Mr. Fezziwig, Patrick Barlow’s imaginative adaptation of A Christmas Carol will bring some of Dickens’ most memorable characters to life.

Coming together to create this innovative new work are some of our most loved and mischievous maverick theatre-makers. The play is written by the Olivier Award-winning and Tony nominated Patrick Barlow (The 39 Steps) with whom Jim Broadbent performed for many years in Barlow’s cult comedy troupe The National Theatre of Brent. A Christmas Carol is directed by Olivier Award-winning Phelim McDermott, Artistic Director of Improbable, one of Britain’s most inventive theatre companies, and who was responsible for the iconic 1998 production of Shockheaded Peter. McDermott also directed Theatre of Blood at the National Theatre in which Broadbent last appeared on stage.

Joining them is the critically-acclaimed designer Tom Pye (The Testament of Mary, The Death of Klinghoffer, The Low Road) and Toby Sedgwick (War Horse, The 39 Steps) as Director of Movement. Peter Mumford will design the lighting and Gareth Fry will design sound.

A Christmas Carol Reviews:

★★★★ “Jim Broadbent is a genius Scrooge” 
The Times
“One of the most charming things I’ve ever seen on the stage… inventive and clever, with puppets and all, and the brilliant Jim Broadbent“
The Daily Mail 
★★★★ “It’s Christmas cake, plum pudding AND trifle, all rolled into one. We are simply overwhelmed, what with poltergeists, the magic carpets, the angel wings and the (brilliant) puppetry”
The Times
“Phelim McDermott’s production is full of invention, with neat puppetry and plenty of cheeky, lo-fi vibrancy. ”
Evening Standard
★★★★ “It sheds fresh light on Dickens’ classic” 
Daily Telegraph
★★★★ “The return of the charismatic, hilarious Jim Broadbent is as good a Christmas present as Theatreland could hope for.”
Time Out

★★★★ “There’s a mischievous twinkle about everything”
Daily Telegraph

A Christmas Carol is suitable for children aged 10 and over.

tags: Play, Family Friendly, Christmas, Children, Classics, West End Favourites, Best Of British, Star Power, Limited Run, Our Picks

A Christmas Carol Customer Reviews

4.4 / 5 (106)
26 January

Slow, such a slow pace. Ended about three times - it was really dragged out. Direction and composition of the piece was unclear, ineffective and really handicapped what could have been a good show.

25 January

This is a very funny and inventive interpretation of the Dickens classic with an outstanding cast. Left the theatre feeling very happy.

24 January

Tickets were ok, the perfomance by jim broardbent was amazing

22 January

Jim Broadbent is superb A thoroughly worthwhile production

21 January

Imaginative, heartwarming, original production. Very entertaining.

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