Opens: Friday, 15 December 2023 - Booking until: Sunday, 7 January 2024
Running time: 2h 5m (incl. interval)
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A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story description
A Christmas Carol – Starring Keith Allen as Scrooge
It was a big hit in 2021. Now it’s back in the West End. We love Mark Gatiss’ version of A Christmas Carol, and it’s great to have the beloved Dickens classic back on stage for the festive season. This time the fun is directed by Adam Penford.
Involving Gatiss as it does, this is a rather special production. The spooky special effects are just brilliant, a treat for anyone aged 12 or more but especially suitable for grown-ups. Keith Allen stars as Ebenezer Scrooge, the mean-spirited, greedy businessman whose Christmas turns out to be a whole lot more dramatic than he’d expected. It’s actually life-changing.
This old story of cruelty and kindness resonates down the decades, just as relevant as it was in 1843, when it sold out within a few days of being published. It has rarely been off the stage, silver screen and small screen since, and this version is exceptional.
Joining Keith Allen on stage are Peter Forbes as Marley, Leona Allen as Caroline, James Backway as Fred, Angelina Chudi as Belle, Edward Harrison as Bob Cratchit, Bettrys Jones as Ghost of Christmas Past, Joe Shire as Fezziwig/Ghost of Christmas Present, Rebecca Trehearn as Mrs Cratchit, and Ryan Weston as Tiny Tim. Geoffrey Beevers is the Narrator. The roles of Edwin Cratchit and Grace Cratchit are shared by several young actors.
Keith Allen is an ex-punk band member and hell-raiser made good. He has rebelled his way through years on TV and on stage to find himself a national treasure, respected for a multitude of famous and infamous roles on stage and screen.
What's the story behind A Christmas Carol?
Your A Christmas Carol tickets come with great reviews from the broadsheets. The Telegraph says "Mark Gatiss' fabulous take on Dickens... irresistibly theatrical". The Times says "This is how to make Dickens’s greatest hit feel both surprising and familiar!”. And The Guardian enjoyed "Mark Gatiss’ witty dash through Dickens".
About A Christmas Carol
Based on Charles Dickens's festive story, the production follows Ebenezer Scrooge on Christmas Eve as he suffers visits by three horrid ghosts in one evening. Ultimately the cruel businessman is forced to change his life and become nicer.
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Playing at Alexandra Palace
Alexandra Palace Way, London, N22 7AY GB (venue info)