Mark Gatiss’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ to return to London

Charles Dickens’s seasonal Victorian tale of one man’s transformation on Christmas Eve will play a six-week winter season at Alexandra Palace later this year.

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

It’s never too early to get in the Christmas spirit. Mark Gatiss’s A Christmas Carol will return to London this year. A Christmas Carol begins previews at Alexandra Palace on 24 November, with an opening night on 29 November, and performances to 7 Jan. 2024.

“I’m sad to say that having fulfilled my lifetime ambition of Jacob Marley, I shall be hanging up my chains, but I am extremely delighted and excited at the prospect of a new Scrooge and Marley to take up the reins for this festive season. I can’t wait to be part of it again and see it from the other side of the veil,” said writer Mark Gatiss.

The timeless Christmas story follows Ebenezer Scrooge as he’s visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley. In order to convince Scrooge to change his ways, he’s visited by the ghost of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas yet to come.

Casting for the 2023 production will be announced at a later date.

Adam Penford directs, with design by Paul Wills, lighting design by Philip Gladwell, sound design by Ella Wahlström, video design by Nina Dunn, movement by Georgina Lamb, and composition by Tingying Dong.

A Christmas Carol is at Alexandra Palace.

Photo credit: A Christmas Carol (2021 company) (Photo by Manuel Harlan)

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