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Charles Dickens' Christmas classic A Christmas Carol will run at London's Middle Temple Hall in central London from 20 Dec to 30 Dec 2014.
This musical production will be presented by Antic Disposition, and features book and lyrics by Ben Horslen and John Risebero and music by Christopher Peake. The production will combine the ghostly tale with a score of original songs inspired by the carols of a traditional Victorian Christmas. The historic environment of 16th-century Middle Temple Hall, where Dickens himself studied, will provide an atmospheric backdrop to the well-loved story, decorated with boughs of holly, and mulled wine, mince pies and other traditional festive fare.
A Christmas Carol is set on Christmas Eve, as the miser Ebenezer Scrooge is haunted by the ghost of his business partner, Jacob Marley. In an attempt to help Scrooge avoid the same ghastly fate beyond the grave, Scrooge is visited by three spirits - the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. Can they persuade Scrooge to open his heart to the magic of Christmas before the sun rises?
The production will mark Antic Disposition's fourth visit to Middle Temple Hall, following recent productions of 'The Tempest' and 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', along with the premiere of A Christmas Carol in 2012. The company were founded by director Ben Horslen and designer John Risebero in 2005 and have earned a reputation for creating visually striking productions of classic plays and stories, which are often presented in spectacular historic locations and non-theatre spaces.