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This show closed on January 19, 2019

About A Christmas Carol

Matthew Warchus’ big-hearted, smash hit production of Charles Dickens’ immortal classic A Christmas Carol returns to The Old Vic with previews from 24 November, joyously adapted for the stage by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child).

Filling the auditorium to the brim with mince pies, music and merriment, a unique staging immerses the audience in this uplifting story for everyone aged 8+.

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Much like strolling through Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park or sipping a cozy mug of mulled wine, seeing this Christmas classic should be an essential event on the Londoner’s to-do list during the holiday season. Due to a snappier, livier adaptation that still preserves “the distinctly Victorian exuberance of Charles Dickens' prose” (Culture Whisper), the Old Vic’s production of “A Christmas Carol” enjoyed a sold-out run to critical success when it originally premiered in 2017.

As in his previous stage adaptations, Jack Thorne’s treatment of this seasonal staple is moody, thoughtful, and heartfelt. Best known for co-writing the script for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” and developing the stage adaptation of “Let the Right One In,” Thorne is a master of bringing much loved stories to life onstage. Thorne’s script coupled with Matthew Warchus’s atmospheric direction delivers the perfect blend of Dickensian mirth and Gothic darkness. Though the story is internationally known, this production breathes wintery life into the beloved masterpiece.

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What To Watch For

  • At this production of “A Christmas Carol,” mince pies are handed out to audience members. There’s nothing like a good theatre coupled with a warm snack.
  • Jack Thorne also writes for television. His credits include “The Fades,” “This Is England,” and “Don’t Take My Baby,” all of which have won him BAFTA awards.
  • “A Christmas Carol” is one of the most produced plays in the States each year, after any productions of Shakespeare.

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Run Time

2hrs 5min (incl. interval)

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Recommend age: 8+

Matthew Warchus’ production is a love song to Christmas, to the redeeming power of theatre and, not least, to The Old Vic itself
The Observer
Dare I suggest it, it could even rival that obvious pinnacle of Dickens’ adaptations, The Muppet Christmas Carol
Radio Times

Old Vic

The Cut, London, SE1 8NB

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