A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol Tickets

The Old Vic, London
A Christmas Carol
The Old Vic, London
Jack Thorne's festive retelling returns
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. 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. 

On a bitter Christmas Eve night a cold-hearted miser is visited by four ghosts. Transported to worlds past, present and future, Ebenezer Scrooge witnesses what a lifetime of fear and selfishness has led to and sees with fresh eyes the lonely life he has built for himself. Can Ebenezer be saved before it’s too late?

Previews from |
18th November 2017
Opening date |
21st November 2020
Closes |
16th January 2021
Run time |
2 hours 5 minutes
Age suitability: 8+
Charles Dickens in a new adaptation by Jack Thorne
The Old Vic
Matthew Warchus
Songs by:
Christopher Nightingale
Hugh Vanstone
Simon Baker
Rob Howell
Lizzi Gee
Other info:
Music composed and arranged by Christopher Nightingale

The Old Vic Venue Information

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


If you were feeling like a Scrooge before you arrived at The Old Vic for this adaptation of A Christmas Carol, it doesn’t take long for your senses to be filled with festive spirit. The cast, dressed in crisp period costume, wander the stage adorned with over a hundred dangling lanterns, handing out fresh mince pies and clementines to the audience; this show even smells like Christmas. Read more

Latest A Christmas Carol News & Features

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Jack Thorne's A Christmas Carol to return to Old Vic for a fourth consecutive year
Thursday, 16 April, 2020, 11:36
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 centres around Ebenezer Scrooge, a Victorian businessman whose unwillingness to give to others at Christmastime is met by confrontation from the...
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Tuesday, 03 December, 2019, 16:17
In the bleak midwinter... there's a certain theatrical production designed to warm the cockles of our hearts and it's back for a third consecutive year at the Old Vic! What would Christmas be, after all, without Charles Dickens' timeless classic A Christmas Carol? This new interpretation first premiered at the Old Vic in 2017 (headlined by soon-to-be To Kill a Mockingbird star Rhys Ifans as Ebenezer Scrooge) in an adaptation by Harry Potter and...
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Full casting announced for A Christmas Carol at the Old Vic
Thursday, 10 October, 2019, 14:43
The full cast of Jack Thorne’s A Christmas Carol has been announced, which will be staged for the third consecutive Christmas season at the Old Vic from next month. Myra McFadyen and Gloria Onitiri will play the Ghost of Christmas Past and Ghost of Christmas Present respectively. They are joined by Andrew Langtree who will play the roles of Father and Marley, James Staddon as Fezziwig and Steven Miller as Bob Cratchit. The role of Tiny Tim is shared by Rayhaan Kufuor-...
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Rhys Ifans will star as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol at The Old Vic
Friday, 21 July, 2017
BAFTA Award-winning Welsh Superstar Rhys Ifans will make a return to The Old Vic this festive season, when he takes on one of Charles Dickens' most iconic characters in Ebenezer Scrooge in a new adaptation of A Christmas Carol by Jack Thorne - the Olivier Award-winning playwright of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The Old Vic's Artistic Director Matthew Warchus will helm the production, which is set to begin previews on 18 November...
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