A Christmas Carol with Simon Callow

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This Christmas a West End stage will once again be transformed into Victorian London as Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol returns to the Arts Theatre. It means that the venue will be the home of one of many seasonal productions in the capital this winter as it goes up against The Snowman at the Peacock Theatre, among others. But with Simon Callow returning to the role of Ebenezer Scrooge (a part he inhabited at the same venue during the 2011 and 2012 Christmas seasons) and once again re-teaming with his Being Shakespeare director Tom Cairns it is likely to be a stand-out production when it begins its run in December.

Simon Callow is a well known English actor who has taken on many acclaimed roles on the stage and screen. He was previously seen in the West End in  Shakespeare: The Man From Stratford at the Harold Pinter Theatre and The Mystery of Charles Dickens at Playhouse Theatre though his career has also included Being Shakespeare at Trafalgar Studios, The Woman In White at the Palace Theatre, Equus at the Chichester Festival Theatre and Waiting For Godot at the Haymarket Theatre. Meanwhile, his work has also included screen appearances and he is best known for Four Weddings And A Funeral, Shakespeare In Love and Doctor Who (portraying Charles Dickens in the latter).

The plot of A Christmas Carol is a famous one and focuses on the miserable and grumpy Ebenezer Scrooge, whose cruelness extends to forcing his employees to work on Christmas Day and uttering “Bah! Humbug” at the mere mention of Christmas. But on the night before the big day he is visited by three spirits, including his former business partner Jacob Marley and they show him his past, present and future – ultimately leadings to him changing his ways.

The novella on which the play is based was first published in 1843 and would be met with great success immediately. It can be credited with introducing many concepts relating to Christmas that remain in place to this day and is also credited for popularising the phrase “Merry Christmas”. Its legacy has been maintained by countless stage, television and film adaptations that have appeared in the years since its publication.


Booking From: Saturday, 8th December 2018

Booking Until: Saturday, 12th January 2019

Running Time: 1 hour 30 min

Age Restriction: Recommended 8+

Venue Information

Arts Theatre
6-7 Great Newport Street

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