Opened 7 Dec 2005
Written: by Charles Dickens, adapted by Patrick Stewart
Cast: Patrick Stewart
Synopsis: Originally seen for three seasons in New York and in London in 1993 at the Old Vic, A Christmas Carol won Patrick Stewart an Olivier Award for ‘Best Entertainment’ and a ‘Best Actor’ Drama Desk Award. Patrick Stewart, using just a few props but a wealth of virtuosity and dramatic nuance, conjures up the full world of the beloved classic. He portrays every character in the story, including ‘Bob Cratchit’, ‘Tiny Tim’, ‘Marley’, ‘Fezziwig’ and, of course, the world’s most famous curmudgeon, ‘Ebenezer Scrooge’.
What the critics had to say.....
NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "I offer just half a cheer for Patrick Stewart's adaptation and confident solo performance of Dickens's novella...On a stage bare but for a table and lecterns, the suited Stewart plays every character...but the over-reliance on his own voice and gestures is irritating." ADAM SCOTT for THE INDEPENDENT says, "One man, a table, a chair and a beguiling narrative. This is storytelling at its simple best." LYN GARDNER for THE GUARDIAN says, "The evening can never be more than what it is: a piece of storytelling. But is very nicely done." BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE foir THE TIMES says, "Stewart won an Olivier award with this show in 1993 and one sees why. It’s not just that, in this increasingly slovenly era, his diction and projection are so immaculate every young actor should book or be booked into the Albery. It’s that he combines energy with subtlety." CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "The show offers a chance to see a great actor at the very top of his game, completely in command of his material ...I can't recommend it too highly."