A Christmas Carol

The Old Vic, London
A Christmas Carol
The Old Vic, London
Our Review 4 / 5

Esteemed writer Jack Thorne's joyous, atmospheric adaptation of the timeless Charles Dickens classic returns to The Old Vic following a successful run last Christmas. For 2020, A Christmas Carol will be livestreamed, with information here.

This new adaptation comes from the Olivier Award-winning playwright of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Jack Thorne, who returns to the theatre following Woyzeck, alongside Old Vic artistic director Matthew Warchus at the helm.

Based on Charles Dickens' beloved work, the play follows Ebenezer Scrooge on Christmas Eve, when he is visited by three ghosts, each showing him either scenes from his past, a view of the present of a peek into the future forcing the grumpy business owner to reevaluate his priorities and take stock on his life, just in time for Christmas morning. 

As the production returns to the Old Vic for a fourth year in succession, casting is unknown. Last year's cast featured Paterson Joseph star as Scrooge, following Rhys Ifans and Stephen Tompkinson who have previously played the role. The cast of the production also included Melissa Allan, Fred Haig, Rebecca Trehearn, Maria Omakinwa and Gloria Onitiri. 

Previews from |
18th December 2017
Opening date |
12th December 2020
Closes |
24th December 2020
Charles Dickens in a new adaptation by Jack Thorne
The Old Vic
Matthew Warchus
Songs by:
Christopher Nightingale
Hugh Vanstone
Rob Howell
Lizzi Gee

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The Old Vic, 103 The Cut, London, SE1 8NB
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Our Review of A Christmas Carol


Charles Dickens's fable A Christmas Carol - originally published as a novella in 1843 which he subsequently performed himself in public readings - has become as much a part of the festive season as the Queen's Christmas Message, carol concerts and mince pies. The Old Vic's stage version - back for a third consecutive year and also now running simultaneously on Broadway - could very well be added to this list to become an annual staple in Waterloo, just as the tradition of the... Read more

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Thursday, 16 April, 2020, 11:36
UPDATE: It was confirmed on 8 October that A Christmas Carol will be livestreamed from the Old Vic. More information can be found here. Jack Thorne’s adaptation of A Christmas Carol will return to the Old Vic later this year, with Charles Dickens’ timeless festive tale set to delight London audiences for a fourth consecutive Christmas season. The production will return to the Old Vic from 21st November, with tickets on sale from next week. The festive story...
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Thursday, 10 October, 2019, 14:43
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