‘A Christmas Carol’ to return to the Old Vic in 2023

Jack Thorne’s adaptation of the Charles Dickens story will play its seventh consecutive year.

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

God bless us, everyone! A Christmas Carol will return to the Old Vic this year, marking the production’s seventh consecutive year. A Christmas Carol begins previews on 11 November, with an opening night on 22 November, and performances to 6 Jan. 2024.

“Originally intended as a one-off Christmas production, this joyful and unique version by Jack Thorne has connected with audiences, in London and beyond, in the most phenomenal way, with each successive return proving evermore popular. It is a wonderful thing to see A Christmas Carol embraced as a festive tradition for families and individuals of all ages,” said Old Vic artistic director Matthew Warchus.

Based on Charles Dickens's festive story, the play follows Ebenezer Scrooge on Christmas Eve. As Scrooge is visited by three ghosts in one evening, the miserly businessman is forced to take stock on his life. In a 2022 review of A Christmas Carol, our critic said: "There’s no more welcome theatrical perennial these days than Jack Thorne’s take on A Christmas Carol. Warchus’s own production of Charles Dickens’s malleable 1843 novella has boasted a different Ebenezer Scrooge each time, all the while bringing to bear a matchless aural component that won’t ever grow stale."

Casting will be revealed at a later date. Previous actors to play Ebenezer Scrooge include Owen Teale, Stephen Mangan, and Andrew Lincoln.

Matthew Warchus directs Jack Thorne’s A Christmas Carol. The show features set and costume design by Rob Howell, composition by Christopher Nightingale, lighting design by Hugh Vanstone, and sound design by Simon Baker.

A Christmas Carol is at the Old Vic.

Photo credit: A Christmas Carol (Photo courtesy of production)

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