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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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A Christmas Carol – Noel Coward Theatre, London

Jim Broadbent and Sam Spiro in A Christmas Carol

Writer: Patrick Barlow Director: Phelim McDermott Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   The character of Scrooge is always given quite a hard time for hating Christmas, although these days seeing as the marketing begins in August and by mid-December all that false cheer is starting to grate, you might be forgiven for thinking that maybe he has a point. And spending Christmas ...

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A Christmas Carol – Exeter Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Ebenezer Scrooge played by Derek Frood

Writer: Charles Dickens Adaptor: Katherine Senior Director: Amanda Knott Reviewer: Christy Ku Exeter Northcott and Creative Cow collaborate to adapt Charles Dickens’ festive classic, A Christmas Carol. Ebenezer Scrooge, literature’s most famous miser, despises Christmas and those who celebrate it. However, on Christmas Eve he is visited by supernatural beings who seek to show him the true festive spirit and ...

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