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A Christmas Carol – Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon

Writer: David Edgar, from the book by Charles Dickens Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer: James Garrington When Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol in 1843, he lived in a country full of great poverty. The Poor Laws allowed people to be sent to the Workhouse to claim relief, debtors were imprisoned – including, for a period, his own father – and even ...

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A Christmas Carol – Hull Truck Theatre

Writer: Charles Dickens Adaptor: Deborah McAndrew Director: Amy Leach Reviewer: Ron Simpson Yorkshire’s second version of A Christmas Carol to open this Christmas proves, above all, the wonderful dramatic qualities of the original story. The two productions – by Front Room Productions and, now, by Hull Truck Theatre – have very different production concepts, both extremely successful, but despite the ...

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A Christmas Carol – The Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Charles Dickens Adapter: Neil Duffield Director: Ben Occhipinti Reviewer: Jay Nuttall It may still be November but Christmas shows up and down the country are beginning to open and none are quite as Christmassy as Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. With early evening performance times of seven o’clock and a running time of just under two hours, this production ...

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FEATURE: London Musical Theatre Orchestra launches its public programme

By: SCOTT MATTHEWMAN andMARYAM PHILPOTT With increasing pressure on West End theatre space and a greater reliance on digitised music, it’s rare to hear a full 40-piece orchestra play London’s musicals as they were intended. In their place, a fashion for the concert performance has emerged, celebrating the longevity of a specific show or the work of one composer. For ...

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A Christmas Carol – Blackpool Opera House

Paul Nicholas as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol

Music and Lyrics: Alan Menken &Lynn Ahrens Book: Mike Ockrent &Lynn Ahrens Original story: Charles Dickens Director: Kyle Davies Reviewer: Matt Forrest   Panto season is in full swing at this time of year, but fairytales and jolly japes aren’t everyone’s cup of tea so, if you’re looking for something a little different to get your festive juices flowing, then ...

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A Christmas Carol – Middle Temple Hall, London

Christ Courtenay and David Burt in Antic Disposition's A Christmas Carol

  Book and Lyrics: Ben Horslen and John Risebero Music: Christopher Peake Director: Ben Horslen and John Risebero Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   A Christmas Carol is probably the second most famous Christmas story – behind a slightly more influential tale about a baby, three wise men and a stable – and the reason that it has lasted so long is ...

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A Christmas Carol – Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester

The cast of Chichester Theatre's A Christmas Carol

Writer: Charles Dickens adapted byBryony Lavery Directors: Dale Rooks and Jake Smith Reviewer: Jo Payne It is rare to see such a stunning piece of theatre among professional productions nowadays; let alone from an entirely youthful cast. From the first view of the exquisite set and the hauntingly sharp opening, right through to the delightfully heart-warming close, it is clear ...

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