European Arts Company is bringing A Christmas Carol based on the original script by Charles Dickens to Margate .
Inspired by Dickens’s charitable work, the 2019 tour is in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital, reflecting the heart-warming message of Scrooge’s philanthropic transformation in this perfect Christmas story.
Audiences will experience A Christmas Carol as Dickens himself performed it more than 150 years ago. He was the first writer to publicly act out his own work and, in doing so, invented a new genre of performance.
Working with the script Dickens used, actor John O’Connor plays some 20 characters, skilfully drawing the audience into this Victorian ghost story about the power of compassion and generosity to transform lives.
Deftly taking them from Dickens’s own warm study, to Scrooge’s freezing house and the Cratchits’ welcoming dinner table even the most miserly of hearts will be stirred this festive season.
Beautiful sets by Tom Paris are based on a combination of Dickens’s travelling cases and the warmth of his London sitting room, lending real intimacy to this poignant production.
John O’Connor said: “In these times of austerity and uncertainty, this beautiful story is as relevant now as it was in 1843.
“It’s fascinating to see how Dickens communicated it so directly to his audiences in public performances. He made them laugh and cry in equal measure, taking them on a magical journey and imparting the true spirit of Christmas. The show is a chance for audiences to feel what that was like. It’s a joy to do and we will have some fun along the way.”
A Christmas Carol is at the Theatre Royal on November 27 at 7.30pm.
Full Price £14, Concs £13, Friends £12, Schools £8, Buy 10 get 11th free (only via the box office by phone/in person), Booking Fee: £2 per ticket/
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